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Barack Obama: Scotland has 'a lot to offer the world'

Former US president gives speech at charity dinner in Edinburgh and plays round of golf at St Andrews

Barack Obama believes Scotland has “a lot to offer the world” and promised to return after his first visit to the country.

The former US president flew into Edinburgh airport on Friday for a speech in front of politicians and business leaders at a charity dinner in the capital.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:47 pm

Jared Kushner discussed creating secret communications channel with Moscow – reports

Russia’s ambassador told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield White House transition team discussions from monitoring, sources said

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel to cloak contacts between Moscow and Donald Trump’s White House transition team, it was reported on Friday.

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, the Washington Post said, citing US officials briefed on intelligence reports.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:38 pm

‘Fiction takes its time’: Arundhati Roy on why it took 20 years to write her second novel

The author of The God Of Small Things talks about political activism – and why she fled India to finish her new book

Exclusive extract from The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness

When Arundhati Roy completed her new novel, her first in 20 years, she told her literary agent, “I don’t want all this bidding and vulgarity, you know.” She wanted interested publishers to write her a letter instead, describing “how they understood” her book. She then convened a meeting with them. “OK,” her agent prompted afterwards. “You know what they think. You’ve met them. Now decide.”

“Oh no,” she told him. “Not yet. First I’ll have to consult.” He was puzzled. “You consult me, right?” “No, I have to consult these folks. You know, the folks in my book.” So the author and her agent sat together in silence while she asked the characters in her novel which publisher they liked the best. When Roy announced their choice, her agent pointed out that his bid was half what other publishers were offering. “Yes,” she shrugged. “But they like him.”

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:00 pm

EE and Vodafone are UK’s worst mobile providers, says Which?

Survey finds the two networks – which together account for more than half the market – have satisfaction score of just 50%

EE and Vodafone have been named as the UK’s two worst mobile phone providers by the consumer group Which?

In its sixth annual survey of members, EE and Vodafone, which together account for more than half the market, recorded the worst scores for customer satisfaction. Giffgaff was named as the firm with the happiest mobile customers.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:01 pm

Sandbanks and Salcombe top UK seaside property league

Towns in Dorset and Devon may boast highest prices but it is coastal homes near London and Aberdeen that have seen biggest rises since 2007

Sandbanks in Dorset, Britain’s Mayfair-on-Sea, has once again emerged as the most expensive seaside town in the country.

Home to former Premier League managers and millionaire businessmen, the average price of a home on the glitzy peninsula is now just more than £664,000. Next in price is the sailing hotspot of Salcombe, further along the south coast in Devon, where a house will set you back £618,000.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:01 pm

Even in this age of mass literacy, we need writing lessons more than ever | Ian Jack

Writing is not the passport to riches promised to would-be journalists of the past, and nor is it an exact science. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be learned

Thanks to this newspaper’s belief in self-improvement and its need in these hard times to earn a bob or two, a reader can sign up to a Guardian Masterclass and learn how to be a columnist. Not only a columnist, of course: there are many other skills you can learn. Column writing, nonetheless, is the course to which I’m strangely drawn.

I’m genuinely interested to know how it’s done. I imagine wearing a mask to disguise my identity and picking up advice on how to make the column better, or at least easier to achieve. “The art of applying the ass to the seat,” is how Dorothy Parker described writing in general, and that’s more or less all I know about the practice of writing a column. I’m not suggesting for a moment that that’s all there is to know, or that what’s knowable can’t be taught. A large cultural industry in the shape of university creative writing schools has been built around the proposition that writing, particularly “literary” fiction, is a skill that can be transmitted by tuition.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

We will all pay the price for our financial illiteracy

An OECD study on young people’s grasp of money issues around the world serves as a wake-up call not just for parents and schools, but also for regulators

One in five people are financially illiterate, incapable of grasping basic shopping conundrums – such as, is that nine-pack of loo roll better value than two four-packs? In a world of ever more complex financial products, it’s never been a better time for companies to rip people off because, frankly, very large numbers of us are rather dim with numbers.

A fascinating study on financial literacy was issued by the OECD this week, comparing financial literacy around the world, using the same Pisa scoring system that ranks abilities in reading and maths. It was focused on 15-year-olds in 15 countries, so it’s not about adults, but my guess is that most people’s literacy at 50 isn’t much better than at 15. It asked some maths-style questions – comparing the cost of loose tomatoes with boxed ones, and checking an invoice for accuracy – but also explored more modern issues around money, such as identifying if that email from your bank is a scam, and the factors that go into insurance costs for a first moped.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Secret Teacher: I feared special measures – but it's made us stronger

When Ofsted downgraded my school to special measures, I was devastated. But we now get the support we need to improve

Special measures. Inadequate. Words used to describe schools that are the bottom of the pile. The words you never want to hear as a teacher.

Prior to autumn 2016, I had only ever worked in schools rated good by Ofsted, and was fearful of the term special measures. For years, my school has been getting itself “Ofsted ready”. We were always listening out for tips about what Ofsted inspectors want to see from those we felt were in the know.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Serious Fraud Office warns of £120m pension scam

Retirees have been persuaded to switch all their cash into schemes involving self-storage facilities and there are fears they may have lost huge sums

Fears are growing that large numbers of people may have lost huge sums of money after investing their retirement pots in – of all things – self-storage units. The Serious Fraud Office this week launched an investigation into storage unit investment schemes, and revealed that more than £120m has been poured into them. But could that just be the tip of the iceberg?

One man was persuaded to transfer almost £370,000 out of his workplace pension and put it all into one such scheme supposedly offering an 8%-12% return. The Pensions Ombudsman, which looked at his case, said the “blameless” man had switched out of the “secure and generous” NHS pension scheme and may have lost all his money as a result. Others were lured in with claims that they could more than double their money in just six years.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Ofcom to review charges for calls to directory inquiries services

Telecoms regulator acts after investigation by the Observer found some callers were charged three-figure sums to find number

The telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has announced a review into the high cost of calls to directory inquiries services two months after I featured the case of a reader who was charged £501 for six calls to a 118 number.

Prices have increased by up to 17-fold since BT’s service was opened up to competition in 2003, but in 2013 Ofcom abandoned its own proposals to impose a cap on 118 call charges after protests from the telecoms industry. Instead, last year it sanctioned a top price bracket of £15.98 for the initial call plus £7.99 for every ensuing minute, and Telecom2 took advantage of it. The firm withdrew the service that connected callers to their chosen number and cost some of them three-figure sums only after The Observer investigated.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

'Working from home is having an adverse effect on your health' – our work expert responds

Our careers expert – and you the readers – help an employee stressed out with company cuts, and a parent seeking the best path for their son

Six years ago I moved from an office-based job to work for a big IT company. Since the role involved a lot of travel to meet customers, we agreed that I would be home-based. I did a lot of travelling, but the work-life balance of usually being at home on Fridays suited me well.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Tax on test: do Britons pay more than most?

We examine how the average burden on British people earning £25,000, £40,000 and £100,000 compares with taxes paid by similar earners in Europe, Australia and the US

Labour’s plan to tax incomes over £80,000 more heavily is a “massive tax hike for the middle classes” that will “take Britain back to the misery of the 1970s”, according to rightwing newspapers. But are British households that heavily taxed?

A comparison of personal tax rates across Europe, Australia and the US by Guardian Money reveals how average earners in Britain on salaries of £25,000, or “middle-class” individuals on £40,000, enjoy among the lowest personal tax rates of the advanced countries, while high earners on £100,000 see less of their income taken in tax than almost anywhere else in Europe.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Croatia’s remotest island

After canoeing round deserted coves and spearfishing with the lighthouse keeper, Kevin Rushby is tempted to stay on beautiful Lastovo island forever

Mladin, keeper of the lighthouse, was outside his cottage, cleaning his speargun. It was a beautiful scene: rocky headlands and blue sea, deep and mysterious. Mladin pointed to the bay below. “In spring, I’ve seen dolphins herd thousands of fish in there and then go crazy eating them.”

The lighthouse, Struga, sits on cliffs at the end of a narrow peninsula that curves around the bay, almost separated from the rest of the island by a deep, dark sea-filled gorge.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Grayson Perry: ‘I am nostalgic for a time when art galleries were empty’

Punks are now pensioners, tattoos are tame, and Damien Hirst is a family treat. On the eve of his new show – The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! – Grayson Perry finally embraces the fact that today’s revolt is tomorrow’s cash-in

The title of an exhibition is usually the last thing I think of, often only after the gallery curator has nagged me to come up with something. This time I thought of the title (The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!) before I had made most of the artworks. It made me laugh, and slightly nervous laughter is the reaction most art world people have to it. Why is that? What is unsettling about an exhibition boasting about being popular?

In 1937 the Nazis organised an exhibition called Entartete Kunst, (“Degenerate Art”). The idea was to show that modernism was a conspiracy by people who hated German decency. Visitors were encouraged to see modernist artists as Hitler saw them: as “incompetents, cheats and madmen”. The exhibition included some of the greatest German artists of the 20th century: George Grosz, Paul Klee, Kurt Schwitters and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. More than two million people visited the show, 20,000 a day. It was one of the most popular exhibitions of all time. I’m not sure what proportion of those visitors went to the exhibition to mock the art and how many went to enjoy what today would be a coach-party blockbuster, but Entartete Kunst surely did nothing to soften the art world’s suspicion of popularity.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Could you cut out plastic from your weekly shop? One family tried

With fruit sold in tubs, chicken in trays – and remote Pacific islands awash in plastic debris – the McCreadies found the plastic challenge tough

The grotesque images of rubbish-strewn Henderson Island, a remote and uninhabited Pacific coral atoll where millions of tonnes of plastic waste have washed up, sent shockwaves around the world. The sheer volume of plastics escaping into the environment mean that by 2050 there could be more plastic in our seas than fish. But how easily could we cut plastic out of our daily lives?

In June the Marine Conservation Society will launch its “plastic challenge”, asking us to give up single-use plastic for a day, a week or even the whole month. Guardian Money asked one Yorkshire family to track their plastic use for a week, then try the following week to cut it out as much as possible. The results indicate by how much we can reduce our plastic footprint – but also show the realistic limits to slashing our use, even among those keen to be as eco-friendly as possible.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:59 pm

Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity

‘If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me’ Philippines president tells soldiers on Mindanao island where he has imposed martial law

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it.

Duterte is notorious for comments often deemed offensive and made the remark as a joke, reiterating that only he would be liable for any backlash over military rule on southern Mindanao island. He has, however, said he would not tolerate abuses.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:55 pm

Siblings: what if the bond just isn’t there?

Judith Cameron lost her brother 30 years ago when he cut his family out of his life – he never explained why. At their mother’s funeral, she didn’t even recognise him. Now he’s gone and it’s too late to reconnect, but does it matter?

The fourth of five children, I was born into a loving, working-class family, where our sibling rivalries surfaced daily. But, like most families, for important things we were a strong team. As we grew up, some remained closer than others but we kept in contact, and there is a photo of us linking arms on my wedding day in 1980. Smiling at the camera, there is no inkling that just a couple of years later, we would in effect lose our younger brother, Malcolm, who would no longer wish to meet our parents or us.

We didn’t know why, and although he agreed to limited phone contact, he never tried to justify his decision. Invitations were turned down and, should any of us drop round, he was friendly but firmly refused entry. Malcolm and his wife lived within a 10-minute walk of the family home, and so our mum and dad sometimes saw their youngest child when shopping.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:45 pm

A letter to … my husband, who simply stopped loving me

The letter you always wanted to write

I will never forget the beauty I saw when I first set eyes on you. I never tired of telling you how handsome you were (often to your intense irritation). You were ambitious; it was infectious. You made me promises I never imagined you wouldn’t keep.

Life was exciting. We enjoyed nights out, exotic holidays, I felt loved and wanted. We married and had two children. Then everything changed. I soon realised that I wasn’t your priority and never would be.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:45 pm

My kids are adults, so am I allowed to be bothered by their tattoos?

When my children started covering their bodies with tattoos and piercings, I wanted to weep

“Please tell me,” I say to Jake. “Please tell me that’s not real.” I’m looking at his left calf, which has a large black pattern over it. A triangle with bits intersecting it. He looks down in surprise, as if I’ve just told him he has some mud stuck to his shoe, or a bit of fluff on his trousers. “Oh, that,” he says. “Yes, of course it’s real.”

“But,” I’m stammering. “Why on earth have you had some huge tribal pattern tattooed all over your leg? Your lovely leg.” I add hopelessly.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:45 pm

My mother was a paragon of austerity. But even she loved chocolate

Other people remember where they were when Kennedy died. I remember my first Belgian pralines

“I really think you must be a changeling.” My mother was not a reader of fairytales; her interest in fiction stopped at detective stories, whose plots she enjoyed as mathematical puzzles. This was a woman who, when pressed for a birthday list, wrote, “Tights, beige, non-run. Talc (Roger & Gallet). Compost bin?” and whose attitude to hair and makeup seemed to be that if it was good enough in 1947, it was good enough now, plus not having to think about it left her more mental energy for planning maths lessons and practising the fiddle.

Meanwhile, it was the era of Biba feather boas, smoky eyes and skin-tight knee-boots. I wanted to be Penelope Tree, with her theatrical heritage and moon eyes framed by star-point eyelashes. The fact that I was a tubby spider with a fat, round body and scrawny limbs looking, in my free NHS glasses, more like John Lennon than Twiggy, was totally irrelevant to the pictures in my head.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:30 pm

Why I kept every single pair of my daughter’s shoes

The artist Sophie Turner saved her daughter Leola’s shoes from birth until she left home, each pair bringing up memories, from her pink baby shoes to the high heels she wears today

When Leola was born, I started saving her shoes as a reminder of her growing up. I had studied art at college and shoes had always fascinated me. Unlike photographs, their style and feel are so evocative.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:30 pm

Cannes 2017 verdict and awards predictions: a festival of sorrow, strength and middle-class woes | Peter Bradshaw

This year’s event took in the migrant crisis, Russian authoritarianism, sulky sculptors – and even introduced us to a loveable pig. There was plenty to enjoy

This year’s Cannes had its overriding theme imposed from without: terrorism. The festival was widely and solidly shocked by the news from Manchester, and the director Thierry Frémaux made an affecting speech from the Palais stage about the need to stand firm with that city and asked for a minute’s silence. Delegates were coming up to Brits all the time and expressing their sympathy. Cannes had had its own scare earlier in the week: a stray bag spotted in an empty auditorium. In went security staff with dogs, a reminder of how convulsed France has been by terrorist outrage – particularly up the coast, in Nice.

But otherwise, the themes of Cannes revolved around the three Rs: refugees, Russia and the ruin of the middle class. Of these, the refugee situation was most important. Michael Haneke’s film Happy End (which also tackles the third theme) is set in Calais, where a haute-bourgeois family luxuriates in wealth and self-pity while refugees trudge the streets, waiting for a chance to get through the tunnel to the UK. Vanessa Redgrave’s Sea Sorrow was a heartfelt if clumsily constructed campaign video on the subject, which is strongest when meditating on the compassion and openness in Shakespeare. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s extraordinary immersive VR installation Carne y Arena allowed the viewer to be plunged into a terrifying situation on the US-Mexico border with illegal immigrants detained by gun-wielding cops. And there was Kornél Mundruczó’s bizarre, ambitious Jupiter’s Moon, a quasi-superhero origin myth about a Syrian refugee who gets shot attempting to enter Hungary from Serbia and finds that the trauma now means he can fly. That film was disliked in some quarters for its bad taste, but the director said he was looking for something neither politically correct nor politically incorrect, and I found his attempt to find a new tonal register for the subject refreshing.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:30 pm

Miriam González Durántez: ‘I don’t want my boys to think there are things girls can’t do’

Disappointed by Theresa May’s remarks about ‘boy jobs and girl jobs’, Miriam González Durántez fears the current political agenda is trying to push back women’s rights, and how important it is not to take equality for granted

These are worrying times for families that straddle European boundaries: and Miriam González Durántez, who is Spanish and has never taken UK citizenship, is deeply concerned about the impact the UK’s vote to leave the EU will have on her family. She says her future in the UK – where she and her husband, Nick Clegg, are raising their three sons – is at stake.

“It may have implications for me,” she says. “But if they can’t find an implement for people who have been here for years, they won’t be able to do anything.” González Durántez – a City lawyer who specialises in EU regulation – isn’t exactly optimistic that “they” will be able to do anything positive as far as Brexit is concerned.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:15 pm

Rachel Nickell’s son: ‘That’s what I remember most – the moment I knew she was gone’

Aged nearly three, Alex Hanscombe saw his mother, Rachel Nickell, murdered in front of him. It was a case that shocked the nation. Anna Moore meets him and his father, André, and finds, after 25 years, that they have a remarkable bond

A young mother ambling across Wimbledon Common with her dog and her young son on a perfect July morning in 1992. A frenzied attack from an unknown assailant. A media circus. A botched police investigation.

The murder of Rachel Nickell was one of the most high-profile crimes of the last few decades. Her name conjures an instant picture of her blond hair and laughing face. The names and faces of her young son – who witnessed the attack – and her bereft partner, Alex and André Hanscombe, are probably less familiar, which is just as they wanted it. Unable to live in the spotlight, they left the UK just months later to begin again. Now, 25 years later, side by side in a hotel bar in sunny Barcelona, smiling, relaxed, this tight father and son team seems a kind of miracle.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

Tim Dowling: does my wife need any pictures of my privates?

At 8.30am my phone pings, and I wake up to a text from my wife which reads: ‘Did you have a jolly time last night? Your message suggests you did’

My wife and I arrive at Paddington station, bound for points west. She is going to stay with friends, and I am going to the Bath festival to appear on a panel about hating Donald Trump. The plan is to travel together, but the departures board makes it clear the Bath service doesn’t go as far as my wife needs to get: she would have to change at Bristol. As we scrutinise the board, it occurs to me that I should selflessly insist my wife takes the direct train that’s leaving a few minutes after mine.

“OK, see ya,” my wife says, heading for platform four.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

The Libya fallout shows how Theresa May has failed on terror | Paul Mason

As home secretary she didn’t see the threat from anti-Gaddafi rebels. And as prime minister, from police cuts to article 50, she’s still making the wrong calls

Salman Abedi was British by birth, Libyan by background, a radical Islamist by identity, loyal to a “caliphate” based in Raqqa, Syria. These facts should be the starting point of our response to the atrocity he perpetrated: the threat is global, yet our state is national, and our communities local. Our state and our communities were not strong enough to stop him. The time to discuss why is not after the election, but now.

Related: Corbyn is right: of course Manchester was linked to British foreign policy | Simon Jenkins

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

How Libyan reality could pave way for more extremism | Jason Burke

Economic and political chaos left in wake of Gaddafi’s fall provide ideal opportunity for militant groups to gain traction

The visit of Peter Millett, the British ambassador to Tripoli, was eventful. From early Friday morning, parts of the capital had echoed to exchanges of gunfire between two of the armed factions fighting for control of the city. At around 10am, Millett took to Twitter to report hearing “explosions and artillery fire”.

The ambassador’s inadvertent venture into frontline reporting underlined the gulf between today’s reality and the hopes for Libya in 2011 when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – who had ruled since 1969 – was ousted by rebels with the support of Nato airpower.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

Blind date: ‘I think he thought I was a bit of all right’

Will talk about urinal etiquette and nude cycling be the start of a beautiful relationship for illustrator Lizzie, 31, and book editor Tomas, 28?

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening with interesting company.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

China arrests Taiwanese activist 'for subverting state power'

Li Ming-che, a 42-year-old NGO worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in mysterious circumstances in China on 19 March

A Taiwan rights activist who was secretly detained in China in March has been officially arrested on suspicion of subversion, charges Taiwan said were vague and unconvincing.

The case has strained already poor relations between China and Taiwan, which have cooled since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, because she refuses to concede that the self-ruled island is part of China.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:27 pm

Once-in-a-generation hopes of Cyprus reunification appear to be dashed

UN-appointed mediator terminates negotiations, citing lack of common ground, but organisation insists ‘talks have not collapsed’

The best hope yet of reuniting war-partitioned Cyprus has been dashed after reconciliation attempts were brought to an abrupt halt following two years of intense negotiations.

The optimism engendered by talks seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the Mediterranean island ended when the United Nations special envoy, Espen Barth Eide, announced that he was terminating negotiation efforts.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

'I'm not a criminal': press freedom stands trial in Timor-Leste

Journalist Raimundos Oki calls it an honest mistake, the PM says it was defamation, and a young democracy is tested

“If the court wants to send me to jail, I won’t be happy but I have to be brave. I will accept the final decision. I’m ready to be in prison if the court maybe wants to put me in the prison.”

Raimundos Oki, a 32-year-old journalist, is standing in the small offices of the Timor Post, in Timor-Leste’s capital Dili, exasperated with his government.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 11:40 am

Large part of Manchester attack network detained, police say

Top counter-terrorism officer says police have made significant arrests and finds, and tells public to continue with bank holiday plans

Detectives investigating the Manchester Arena bombing say they have “got hold of a large part of the network” and made “immense” progress in arresting people suspected of assisting Salman Abedi, who killed 22 concertgoers on Monday night.

Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley, said on Friday that while there were still important lines of inquiry to pursue and further arrests were likely, the public should “go out as you planned and enjoy yourselves” over the bank holiday weekend.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 11:06 am

Egypt launches raids in Libya after attack on Coptic Christians kills 26

Children among dead and at least 22 wounded in gun attack on convoy headed to monastery in Minya province

Egypt has carried out airstrikes in Libya after at least 26 people, including children, were killed and 25 wounded in a gun attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo, the latest in a series of terrorist incidents targeting the religious minority.

Local media reported witnesses saying that between eight and 10 gunmen, dressed in military uniform, carried out the attack. Egypt’s interior ministry said the attackers, travelling in four-wheel-drives, “fired indiscriminately” at a car, bus and a truck in the al-Idwah district outside Minya, about 135 miles (220km) south of Cairo.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 10:48 am

The public flogging of two gay men and what it says about Indonesia's future

Islamism is rising across Indonesia, where a toxic mix of religion and political opportunism has been percolating for some time

It was the young who came first to Indonesia’s public caning of gay men. They arrived on motorbikes and on foot, from nearby boarding houses and two universities, some skipping class and the others using up their holidays. An announcement was made barring children under 18, but some stayed anyway, reluctant to break up a family outing.

By 10am on Tuesday, a 1,000-strong crowd had congealed at the Syuhada mosque plaza in Banda Aceh. As someone sang a stirring Qur’anic hymn to inaugurate the ceremony, a verse about how God created man and woman in couples, young men were perched in the trees, on trucks, and all the balconies across the street. Girls huddled between jasmine bushes.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 10:22 am

Luke Mangan's salted chocolate honeycomb

In our last extract from Luke Mangan’s latest recipe collection Sharing Plates, the Australian chef shares one of his favourite anytime desserts

When we were working on the menus for our first tapas restaurant in Singapore, we wanted to create a casual place for people to come in, sit at the bar, have a drink and a couple of small plates and share them with friends. Nothing fussy, just decent food.

We put a gooey chocolate tart on the menu as a special, thinking it may come and go – but we found some of our customers coming in just for this dessert. It became a permanent fixture on the menu and is still in most of our restaurants.Great desserts like that one – and this – are always a memorable and impressive end to an otherwise simple meal.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 10:08 am

Accused of underpaying women, Google says it's too expensive to get wage data

Officials said it was too financially burdensome and logistically challenging to hand over salary records that the government requested in discrimination case

Google argued that it was too financially burdensome and logistically challenging to compile and hand over salary records that the government has requested, sparking a strong rebuke from the US Department of Labor (DoL), which has accused the Silicon Valley firm of underpaying women.

Related: Google accused of 'extreme' gender pay discrimination by US labor department

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 9:49 am

Arsène Wenger defiant and focused before FA Cup final against Chelsea

Arsenal manager does not look back, does not keep his medals and despite the incessant clamour he is still giving nothing away about his future

Arsène Wenger has not been forthcoming in his media conferences for some time and the regulars who travel to see him at Arsenal’s training ground in St Albans would say he is particularly guarded before a big game. This week was no exception. But before the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, the manager brought some extra ingredients – exasperation, defiance and a series of digs; some veiled, others the equivalent of going in two-footed.

Take the one that related to Tony Adams. The club’s former captain has a new book out, which led to one headline about how Wenger “couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag”. Understandably, it went down badly with him.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 9:29 am

May puts Manchester bombing at heart of election with attack on Corbyn

Prime minister targets Labour over national security in row over role of foreign policy in fostering terror as polls show Tory lead is declining

Theresa May has launched an extraordinary attack on Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of saying Britain is to blame for the Manchester Arena bombing in a war of words that places the atrocity at the heart of the election campaign.

The prime minister used a press conference at the end of her first G7 summit to resume her election campaign by directly targeting the Labour leader after he had said the war on terror was not working.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 9:14 am

Matt Parcell shines as Leeds storm to clinical victory over Warrington

• Leeds 40-0 Warrington
• Wolves attacking frailties brutally exposed

There have been many moments already this season to suggest Leeds and Warrington are on different paths – this was perhaps the most conclusive of them all. A year ago, it was Leeds toiling at the wrong end of Super League while Warrington pressed ahead for major honours, finishing with the League Leaders’ Shield and appearances in both major finals.

There is a way to go yet before Leeds can reach any of those milestones, but the annus horribilis that was 2016 is slowly being cast further into the back of everyone’s minds at the Rhinos. This year has been much more like the Leeds of old – and how fitting it was that in their biggest ever Super League victory against Warrington, some of their old guard stole the show.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 9:03 am

Harry Mallinder kicks Northampton back into Champions Cup

• Northampton 23-22 Stade Français
• Harry Mallinder kicks match-winning conversion

Northampton have done next to nothing the easy way all season so perhaps their circuitous route into next season’s Champions Cup should not come as a surprise. But they can take enormous credit for the resilience shown to cap an exhilarating victory over Stade Français thanks to Ahsee Tuala’s dramatic late try and Harry Mallinder’s nerveless conversion.

When Tuala went over, Northampton were down to 13 – the captain Tom Wood had been sent off for a stamp to the head of Djibril Camara that may well rule him out of England’s tour to Argentina – while Rory Hutchinson was in the sin-bin. Northampton, 16 points down at one pointin the first half, did not know when they were beaten. “I don’t think anybody can see Tom actually putting his foot on the opponent. It’s an unfortunate one,” said Northampton’s director of rugby, Jim Mallinder. “There’s certainly nothing deliberate in there but we’ll see what happens with the disciplinary.”

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 9:01 am

Wasps’ Danny Cipriani takes ‘better brain’ into Premiership final | Michael Aylwin

The fly-half has matured and curbed his more rebellious instincts with the club looking for their first Premiership title since 2008 as they face Exeter

It is a common storyline in sport, and it is common in life, legend and literature. The brilliant youth; the effortless, vertiginous rise; the prosaic, enraging restrictions; the exile and fall.

And then – well, it depends on our hero. Icarus fell straight into the sea, but Danny Cipriani came again. As he prepares to step out at Twickenham for Wasps’ first tilt at the Premiership title since the final days of the Lawrence Dallaglio era in 2008, he is better than ever, more measured, more in tune with those around him, more of a fly-half.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn takes security risk and confounds critics | John Crace

Labour leader’s speech on security and his encounter with Andrew Neil may not convince doubters he could be PM but it wasn’t quite enough to disqualify him

Two weeks ago, when the Supreme Leader informed the country there was a realistic chance of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister, everyone dismissed the idea as scaremongering. It now turns out she was acting on insider information.

Only she knew just how mediocre she really was and that her mediocrity would be inevitably found out. Only she knew that she was planning to release a totally uncosted manifesto with policies that would have to be ditched before the election even took place. Only she knew that she was strong and stable enough to turn a 24 point lead in the polls into a mere five.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:50 am

Cannes 2017 day 10: Diane Kruger and Juliette Binoche on the red carpet – in pictures

Cannes has reached its tenth day, and the main competition films premiering today are Fatih Akin’s In the Fade and François Ozon’s L’Amant Double

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:48 am

Trump set to clash with other G7 leaders over refugees, trade and climate

Disagreements with US are so fundamental that Sicily summit might not be able to issue communique

Divisions between Donald Trump and other members of the G7 at the summit in Sicily have become so broad and deep that they may be forced to issue a brief leaders’ statement rather than a full communique, dashing Italian hopes of engineering a big step forward on migration and famine.

With the US president apparently reluctant to compromise with European leaders over climate change, trade and migration, the European council president, Donald Tusk, was forced to admit on Friday that this would be the most challenging G7 summit in years and there was a risk of events spiralling out of control.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:43 am

Mourners and fans gather for Chris Cornell's memorial service

Brad Pitt and Pharrell joined mourners on Friday at Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s memorial service at a storied Hollywood cemetery.

Related: Chris Cornell obituary

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:42 am

Martin Rowson on the cost of UK foreign policy – cartoon

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 7:31 am

It was quite a week for toxic masculinity | Jessica Valenti

When this is all over, gender studies professors are going to have a hell of time teaching students about this moment in history

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If there was ever a week to remind you how much toxic masculinity underpins the Republican party – this was it. Trump pushed Montenegro’s prime minister (complete with self-satisfied smirk) and Montana’s newest congressional representative won his seat despite having assaulted a Guardian reporter – a move Rush Limbaugh lauded as “manly”.

When this is all over, gender studies professors are going to have a hell of time teaching students about the era in history that amounted to little more than a (ahem) measuring contest.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:53 am

It’s a delusion to think that the terror attacks are just about foreign policy | Jonathan Freedland

When it comes to violent jihadism, the motives are many – American and British military intervention is just one of them

For most people, in most places, something like normality resumes. This weekend Britons might be planning a barbecue, watching the FA Cup Final or just hoping to soak up some sun. In Manchester, in a show of almost comic defiance, the Great CityGames are going ahead, so that today, Deansgate will be converted into a sprint track and there’ll be pole vaulting in Albert Square – just days after it was packed for a hushed vigil.

But I can’t help thinking of what it’s like inside those homes where normality vanished on Monday night. I keep thinking of the parents who thought life was just ticking along, and who are suddenly having to contemplate a future without their son or daughter.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:49 am

Northern Ireland police arrest man over killing of elderly couple

Forty-year-old being questioned after pair, believed to be in their 80s, found stabbed in their home in Portadown

A man has been arrested after an elderly couple were found dead in their home in County Armagh.

The couple, understood to both be in their 80s, were discovered in the property in Ramone Park, Portadown, by a relative. It is understood the man and woman were stabbed.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:41 am

FTSE reaches record high as UK opinion poll spooks sterling

Stock market booms as poll putting Labour just 5 points behind Conservatives boosts value of big UK firms with major overseas earnings

Shares in Britain’s biggest companies reached record levels on Friday as a slump in the pound boosted the value of firms with overseas earnings.

The FTSE 100 jumped 63 points to close the day at 7,547, closely followed by the FTSE 250, seen as a better barometer of the health of UK business, which also reached an all-time closing high, rising 57 points to 20,024.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:37 am

We need a war on conflict, not terror | Deborah Orr

A recognition that division has scarred our democracy for too long would be a fitting legacy to the victims of Manchester

What tribute to the people killed in Manchester would be fitting? How could we, as individuals, be part of such a tribute? Maybe a start could be made by stating as simply as possible the cause of that attack. The cause is political conflict, at its most global and ideologically crazed. At its least amenable to reason. At its ugliest and most crude. At its wildest and most ruthless. At its most pitiless and self-righteous.

Related: ‘Go sing with the angels’: families pay tribute to Manchester victims

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:30 am

Heroic humour or Katie Hopkins? This was a week to choose British values | Marina Hyde

In its brave stewardship of his memory the tribute offered by his brother to Martyn Hett, one of the Manchester victims, gives us all something to aspire to

From all I have read about the luminous-sounding Martyn Hett since he was murdered at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, he sounds like he would have relished his brother’s jaw-droppingly brave stewardship of his memory in the days since. When Martyn’s name began trending on Twitter, Dan Hett’s response was a masterclass in sombre seemliness: “He would, I think it’s safe to say, be fucking loving this.”

The next day, Mariah Carey had posted a picture of Martyn in a Mariah Carey T-shirt, accompanied by a devastated quote about the death of a member of her fandom. His brother’s response was one of those jokes that makes you gasp and laugh at the same time: “I was a little dubious about Martyn’s recent bold social media move,” he deadpanned. “But it worked.”

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:04 am

How the English game could learn from the Chinese Super League | Barney Ronay

For all the nationalism and political will, China is ploughing millions into youth development and the intention is to win the World Cup within the next 30 years

This week I watched the Chinese Super League so you don’t have to, taking in the full, slightly wild 90 minutes of the champions Guangzhou Evergrande versus last year’s runners-up Jiangsu Suning, the most recent of the CSL fixtures being shown in dribs and drabs by Sky Sports.

There was a vague point to all this beyond simple recreation. The lure of the Chinese Super League seems to lurk behind every story, every noise off, presented as a kind of gilded career-dustbin for every ageing star with a hungry agent to feed. Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao have been linked with moves this summer. Only this week Wayne Rooney has been implored not to go, reminded that he “still has so much to give”, like a man being talked down from the 27th-floor windowledge of a seven-star tower hotel.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 6:00 am

Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

• Sri Lanka legend sees visitors recover from 31 for five
• He finishes the day unbeaten on 177 at Chelmsford

With Essex top of the table, there is a chirp about Chelmsford right now, and it only became louder when Jamie Porter and Matt Quinn, destroyers of Hampshire last time out, reduced Surrey to 31 for five. But, like Lancashire, Warwickshire and Middlesex before them, Essex met Kumar Sangakkara. They were undone by something old and something new.

There was a 61st first-class century for Sangakkara and almost a first for Sam Curran, 21 years his junior. Sangakkara’s was his third in eight days, the biggest and, given the circumstances, the best of five in five first-class innings (the first man to do so for Surrey and the equal of a championship record); only CB Fry, Mike Procter and Don Bradman have scored six on the spin. When he retires at summer’s end he will leave as big a hole in Surrey’s batting lineup as he will in the game at large: cherish him.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:57 am

Is McLaren’s lack of competitiveness harming their reputation and heritage?

McLaren’s blank season needs to get going this weekend at Monaco although the team admit they show little sign of improving any time soon

When Howden Ganley arrived for his first day at work with Bruce McLaren, as the team’s third employee, he found a concrete prefab full of earthmoving equipment on a dirt floor. Humble beginnings for a team that would become one of the longest serving and most successful in Formula One, driven not only by the vision and ambition of its founder but also by McLaren’s ability to inspire those around him.

As Ganley notes: “If Bruce had said down tools and march into the Sahara, we would have done it without a question.” McLaren left a remarkable legacy for his team who, now more than ever, need the inspiration he engendered in that prefab in New Malden.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:55 am

Hillary Clinton returns to Wellesley and rips Trump with Nixon comparison

To wild cheers at her alma mater, where she made a fiery speech nearly 50 years ago, Clinton condemns ‘assault on truth and reason’ and issues rallying cry: ‘Don’t let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter’

Taking the stage nearly 50 years ago at Wellesley, the liberal arts college famed for its activism, student body president Hillary Rodham turned to address roughly 400 of her female peers.

As the first ever student to speak at the school’s commencement, or graduation ceremony, she faced a daunting task in addressing the prevailing climate of 1969. In a tumultuous period marked by the Vietnam war and social justice movements, Rodham was poised to discuss how her generation could effect change.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:33 am

Uber's London licence renewed for only four months

Transport for London continues to consider five-year licence as unions express concerns over working practices

Uber’s licence to operate in London has been renewed but only for a period of four months, as transport authorities continue to deliberate whether to grant it a five-year licence.

The decision over renewal has become the latest focus of controversy around the app-based taxi firm, with black-cab drivers and unions demanding that Transport for London reject the application without assurances over Uber’s operation and working practices.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:21 am

Ben Stokes fit to play for England in second ODI against South Africa

• All-rounder passed fit after England training session
• Ben Stokes had restricted role in Headingley win over South Africa

Ben Stokes will be fit to play against South Africa in the second ODI in Southampton on Saturday. It is an indication of Stokes’ status that a gaggle of newshounds kept a constant eye on him throughout a long training session, in which he did little bowling. At one point Stokes was batting right-handed and missing the ball on purpose in order to give Jos Buttler some wicketkeeping practice and we were all dutifully transfixed.

Stokes is a totemic figure and England want him involved whenever possible. On Thursday night he had a scan which did not reveal any serious damage. On Friday morning with his knee carefully bandaged he spent a long time batting. Then we were informed he was fit, able to bowl and playing. So England have resisted the temptation to wrap him in cotton wool even though the Champions Trophy is just around the corner. The medics must be confident that he is fine and there is no doubt Stokes is eager for the fray.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:17 am

Student housing tempts wealthy investors

Demand for investment grows despite worries that Brexit might cut number of high-spending foreign students coming to UK

Some of the world’s richest people and sovereign wealth funds are turning their attention to student housing, with the increasingly luxurious and expensive purpose-built accommodation becoming regarded as a must-have part of their investment portfolio.

Investor demand for student accommodation blocks is so strong that some potential buyers were forced to stand during presentations at a student housing investment conference in a ballroom in Covent Garden, central London this week.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 5:08 am

Siouxsie Sioux at 60: more than a monochrome goth-pop priestess

Mysterious and misunderstood, the singer of goth pop’s sacred texts outlasted her Banshees peers, and outwitted anyone who would second-guess her. There is much to celebrate

“What I really resent about people sticking labels on you,” said Siouxsie Sioux in 2004, “is that it cuts off the other elements of what you are, because it can only deal with black and white: the cartoon.” This sometimes threatens to become the legacy of Sioux, who turns 60 tomorrow: to be fixed in time as the aloof monochrome priestess who defined a subculture. “I hate all that,” she grumbled to the Guardian in 2005, while discussing her tiresome reign as “the queen of goth”.

Sioux might hate “all that”, but it was that macabre mystique that first made me fall for the Banshees. I wish every band could look and sound like a nightmarish glam-punk gang summoned from the netherworld. I adore their fourth album, Juju, a fantastic dark swirl of spooky sounds and old-magick themes that’s both their quintessential goth statement and a sacred text for the subgenre (the track titles read like a shelf of old penny dreadfuls: Spellbound, Halloween, Voodoo Dolly, Sin in My Heart). The problem, as Sioux herself has argued, is in the glibness of other people’s interpretations. “Gothic in its purest sense is actually a very powerful, twisted genre, but the way it was being used by by journalists – goff with a double f – always seemed to me to be about tacky harum-scarum horror, and I find that anything but scary,” she once said. “That wasn’t what we were about at all.” You can see her point: Juju also includes, for example, the truly terrifying sci-fi horror of Monitor, a grinding death disco-throb with her shrieking, grim, Ballardian visions of CCTV-ruled dystopia over a loop of twisted metal guitars.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:58 am

Manchester will recover, but some victims will not. Don't forget them

The message we hear is of cleaning up, carrying on, rebuilding – but for a few people life will never return to normal

It was an unusually beautiful day in Manchester, not a cloud in a deep blue sky, when that huge IRA bomb blasted the heart of the city 21 years ago; and this week when terror struck it turned out eerily sunny again. But as the devastating news of so many deaths and injuries hit on Tuesday, and people made their way quietly along Cross Street to the evening vigil held in Albert Square, the differences from what happened last time were dreadfully clear.

Back then, on a busy Saturday, 15 June 1996, the explosives in a truck parked outside Marks & Spencer wreaked astonishing damage to buildings, but there was a warning, and 75,000 people were evacuated. Although people suffered injuries, some of them serious, from the debris and glass that rained beyond the cordon, miraculously nobody was killed. The Mancunian pride and make-a-brew spirit that has been broadcast to the world this week could get on with a story which has become straightforward in the telling since: clean up, carry on, rebuild.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:43 am

Gender stereotypes? Worry less, join in more, says world's first professor of play

Paul Ramchandanim, new Cambridge University academic set to lead research into child leisure activity, says parents’ involvement more important than gender roles or games played

Little girls in pink princess costumes and boys dressed as cowboys might strike many parents as a nightmare combination of gender stereotypes and unappealing role models. However, the Cambridge academic who has just been appointed the world’s first professor of play has a message for them: relax.

Paul Ramchandani, who was announced this week in the newly created professorship at Cambridge University, a post sponsored by Lego, believes parents should agonise less over which games and roles they should edge their child towards and devote more energy simply to playing with them.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:38 am

Manchester attack surgeon: 'The impact for patients is likely to be lifelong'

Adam Reid describes treating the injuries of the Manchester bombing victims, using techniques developed on the battlefield

Adam Reid is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at University Hospital of South Manchester

I didn’t know about the attack until 6.30am on Tuesday. I was blissfully unaware until I checked my email first thing in the morning and had a message from a colleague who had been working through the night.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:35 am

Who should I vote for? The UK election manifestos compared

The key pledges made by the main parties in the run-up to the UK general election.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:18 am

Nairo Quintana takes pink jersey off Tom Dumoulin after dramatic stage 19

• Team Sky’s Mikel Landa claims 191km stage to Piancavallo
• Dumoulin 38 seconds behind but has time trial to come

Nairo Quintana won back the pink jersey from Tom Dumoulin, beating the Dutch rider by more than a minute in the Dolomites to ensure they carried their rivalry into the final two stages of the Giro d’Italia. Nearly 10 minutes up the road Mikel Landa, Team Sky’s Spanish climber, stormed away from his fellow breakaway riders on the final ascent to win an absorbing 191km stage at Piancavallo.

Related: Giro d’Italia: emotional Tejay van Garderen claims stage 18 in sprint finish

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:08 am

French Open: Andy Murray vows to bounce back from illness and form dip

• Murray suffering from a minor infection in buildup to tournament
• Novak Djokovic says Andre Agassi can help him grow

The good news is Andy Murray, still officially the best player in the world, is not wallowing in a slough of despond on the eve of the French Open. The not so good news is the 2016 finalist, coughing between protestations to the contrary, could probably be in better shape, having cut back on his preparation because of a minor illness that required antibiotics.

Murray opens his campaign on Sunday against the Russian world No85 Andrey Kuznetsov – whom he has beaten handily twice – and insisted after the draw on Friday: “Sunday afternoon was when I started to feel a bit sick. It was Monday/Tuesday I didn’t feel great but I still practised a bit on Tuesday. I feel much better now. I’ve got a cough but I was a bit sick for a couple of days.”

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:00 am

G7 leaders agree steps to tackle terrorism after Manchester bombing

Prime minister called on world leaders to help prosecute fighters returning from Middle East

World leaders have agreed new measures to tackle terrorism including plans to prosecute western extremists who fight in foreign countries after Theresa May demanded more co-operation after the Manchester bombing.

In a joint statement on Friday evening, G7 leaders said they “condemn in the strongest possible terms terrorism in all its forms” as they moved to crack down on the financing and proliferation of extremism.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:00 am

Katarina Johnson-Thompson must ‘fall in love’ with heptathlon again at Götzis

• Move to Montpellier in south of France has provided a reboot
• ‘It feels like a complete rebuild but I know I needed to change something’

Of all the ambitions that Katarina Johnson-Thompson has for her first heptathlon since her Rio Olympics finished in howls of pain and frustration, the simplest is also the biggest. She wants to fall in love with her sport again.

And she hopes that Götzis, the sleepy, scenic Austrian town where she smashed her personal best in 2014 before a series of injuries rammed her career off track, might just be the place to rediscover it.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:00 am

The weekend cook: Thomasina Miers’ picnic recipes – poached chicken with freekeh salad and kamut chocolate brownies

Our weather may not be up to much, but the British need no excuse to eat outdoors

Half-term is upon us, and I’ll be spending as much of it as possible outdoors. Whether or not you are in the grips of school holidays, eating outside is something we do justice to in Britain, not least because we are stoically unfazed by the weather, no matter our age. So arm yourself with rugs, jumpers and, if time allows, something homemade. Today’s chicken salad, inspired by a trip to Georgia, is bursting with bright, exotic, summery flavours from a profusion of herbs and light spicing. Add the squidgy, nutty kamut flour brownies, and this is one picnic you won’t forget.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 4:00 am

Petra Kvitova has won ‘biggest fight’ in French Open return after knife attack

• Two-time Wimbledon champion suffered serious hand injuries in attack
• Kvitova has recovered quicker than expected from incident in December

Petra Kvitova runs strong, lean and recently scarred fingers through her hair, a smile never far from her lips. She has rarely looked so unencumbered by expectation.

As a prodigy, then a champion, she has lived with the weight of her talent but, six years after leaving Wimbledon with the first of her two singles titles there, and just five and a half months since surviving a horrific knife attack in her home in Prostejov, the 27-year-old Czech is basking in the Parisian sun as if reborn.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:45 am

Harder? Better? Faster? Stronger? Why is every trailer soundtracked by Kanye?

The first look at moody Netflix thriller Ozark is yet another preview backed by a Kanye track, a trend that’s rapidly becoming as ubiquitous as that Inception noise

Ask yourself this: if a movie trailer doesn’t have a Kanye West song in it, then is it really a movie trailer? For some reason, Kanye has become an inescapable component of the trailer business. His music is now as integral as ‘In a world…’ or the Inception-style BLARM effects were in years gone by.

Related: Prison, casket or Taj Mahal – where's the strangest place an album was recorded?

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:43 am

Late-night TV takes on Trump's 'toxic culture of hostility towards the press'

Comics, including Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, speak about the assault on a Guardian reporter and the problems with the Republican healthcare plan

Late-night hosts discussed the recent attack on the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs after he asked Greg Gianforte, a Republican running for Congress in Montana, a question about the GOP healthcare plan.

Related: Late-night hosts on White House's $2tn math mistake: 'Trump is an idiot'

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:40 am

Has House of Cards been well and truly Trumped?

Despite his preposterously evil ways, President Frank Underwood now looks a bit of a snowflake. Can the new series possibly outdo Donald?

In the fourth season of House of Cards, President Frank Underwood chose his wife as vice-presidential running mate while stretching the US constitution to breaking point by trying to derail an investigation into what newspapers called his “crooked path to the White House.”

Some viewers felt that, while enjoyable as TV drama, the scale of nepotism and corruption in the presidency of Kevin Spacey’s character was becoming politically unrealistic.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:33 am

Tate Britain could be our greatest museum – if it only loved its treasures

Its current displays aren’t just terrible. They turn the story of British art into one long joyless slog through brown and grey sludge. The proposed rehang won’t fix that

In its 17 years of existence, Tate Britain has practically killed British art history. Drawn from the biggest collection of British art in the world, the gallery’s permanent displays – or, more accurately, incredibly impermanent displays – have achieved such a rare cocktail of superficiality, pretension, ugliness and willed ignorance that, after a couple of hours there, it is hard to feel any enthusiasm for the story of British art.

I was at Tate Britain the other day, looking hard at the collection displays. I have no choice, as I’m writing a history of British art. I would not take what the gallery currently calls its Walk Through British Art for fun. Even when you’ve good reason to go, it’s a slog. I left with a depressing sense that British art since the Tudor age was just one big brown and grey sludge, barren of beauty, bereft of genius.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:32 am

Kell Brook returns streamlined and ready for testing Texan Spence Jr

• Sheffield fighter back to welterweight for his fourth title defence
• Errol Spence Jr described as ‘real deal’ by Sugar Ray Leonard

In the Sheffield sunshine Kell Brook responded to the doubts that have loomed large over his title defence against Errol Spence Jr on Saturday in the most emphatic style possible – by showing off his chest. Brook looked ripped at Friday’s weigh-in and when the scales showed him coming in at 146lb 7oz there was no doubting his readiness to again do battle at welterweight.

Brook’s last contest came nine months ago at middleweight and ended with the now 31-year-old suffering the first defeat of his professional career and a broken right eye socket at the brutal hands of Gennady Golovkin. The punishment was so severe Dominic Ingle, Brook’s trainer, felt he had no choice but to throw in the towel with 1min 57sec of the fifth round remaining, later describing the injury as a “car crash”.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:22 am

The Republican healthcare bill: what's next in challenge to Obamacare?

GOP senators are putting together new version of American Health Care Act after the Congressional Budget Office found 23 million people would lose insurance

Republicans rushed an updated version of their healthcare plan through the House of Representatives earlier this month without knowing how much it would cost or how many people would lose insurance as a result. This week, the nonpartisan congressional budget office released its assessment – and the accounting was bleak.

The agency forecast that 23 million people would lose insurance over the next decade, people with pre-existing conditions could face substantial increases in out-of-pocket spending on health care and maternity coverage could cost women an extra $1,000 per month.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:16 am

Solar power breaks UK records thanks to sunny weather

Thousands of photovoltaic panels across the UK generate 8.7GW, smashing previous high of 8.48GW earlier this month

Solar power has broken new records in the UK by providing nearly a quarter of the country’s electricity needs, thanks to sunny skies and relatively low summer demand.

National Grid said the thousands of photovoltaic panels on rooftops and in fields across the UK were generating 8.7GW, or 24.3% of demand at 1pm on Friday, smashing the previous high of 8.48GW earlier this month.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:09 am

The Alavés miracle: ‘We know what lies behind it: the work, sacrifice and effort’

Six years after escaping administration, Alavés take on mighty Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. Captain and local boy Manu García describes the fairytale

Manu García runs his finger carefully down the long list of names, squinting slightly as he searches for his own. Sixteen years on, he knows where to look but there are 13,200 of them written in tiny white print on a blue and yellow background, covering every millimetre from top to bottom and left to right, so it is not easy to find. Eventually, he sees his father, hidden among hundreds of Garcías. And then, on the line below, he stops. “Here,” he says. “This is me.” MANUEL ALEJANDRO GARCÍA.

Related: Alavés return from the abyss and rebel against reality to tame Barcelona | Sid Lowe

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 3:00 am

A plague o' both your houses: error in GCSE exam paper forces apology

OCR exam board faces censure after question on Romeo and Juliet implied that Tybalt is a Montague rather than a Capulet

One of England’s biggest exam boards has been forced to apologise after thousands of students sat an English literature GCSE paper with a mistake in it.

The error appeared in an question set by OCR about the character Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet. It implied he is a Montague when he is in fact a Capulet.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:56 am

Trump's travel ban is a test for the US supreme court – and the country | Amir Ali

In a shameful decision during the second world war, the court ruled in favor of Japanese American internment. It must not repeat its mistakes

The US supreme court will soon decide whether to repeat one of the most shameful moments in American history. On Thursday, 10 judges on the US court of appeals for the fourth circuit voted to uphold a lower court’s order blocking President Trump’s Executive Order No 13780, which would have banned people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The court correctly concluded that the order was inspired by animus against people of the Muslim faith, in violation of the establishment clause. In a powerful concurring opinion, Judge James A Wynn expressed hope that we have “matured from the lessons learned by past experiences”, referring to now condemned supreme court decisions in Dred Scott – which held that African Americans could not be US citizens – and Korematsu v United States, which upheld executive proclamations requiring the internment of Japanese Americans during the second world war.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:50 am

An Octoroon review – blackface meets whiteface in quicksilver drama

Orange Tree, Richmond
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s extraordinary play is both an adaptation of a 19th-century melodrama and a dazzling postmodernist critique of it

If I say that this bizarrely brilliant play is the work of a 32-year-old black American dramatist called Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, I am already subscribing to an idea the piece seeks to subvert: that our identities can be defined by convenient labels. Even the notion of what makes a “play” is up for grabs, as this tumultuous piece is both an adaptation of The Octoroon, a popular 19th-century melodrama by Dion Boucicault, and a postmodernist critique of it.

Related: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: 'theatre is about controversial ideas'

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:48 am

Antonio Conte set to sign £38m Chelsea extension and stay until 2021

• Italian manager keen to extend his contract with Premier League winners
• ‘If the club give me the possibility to extend my contract, I am available’

Antonio Conte is ready to sign a contract extension with Chelsea which will establish him as the highest-paid manager in the club’s history as he seeks to secure a Premier League and FA Cup Double with victory over Arsenal at Wembley.

Chelsea are expected to offer the Italian a deal worth around £9.6m a year until 2021, two years beyond his current contract’s expiry, in the wake of a hugely impressive first year in English football. Conte anticipates returning briefly to Italy for a break after the FA Cup final and the club’s end-of-season awards night in Battersea on Sunday, but will soon be back in London to continue planning for next season.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:46 am

Operation Romeo: TV lays bare the cold war's strangest, sexiest mission

From seduction workshops to chat-up labs, The Same Sky is an electifying look at the tactics used by the East German secret police to get intel from the west. Prepare to go deep under cover

At first sight, it looks like speed dating: young couples sit at numbered tables briskly inquiring about each other’s likes and lives. But, if so, there are an improbable number of men here wearing khaki shirts with shoulder epaulettes.

Unusually, these would-be romances are being watched from a gantry by older men in uniform wearing headphones, frowning at the bloke who shows his date photos of his wife but smiling at the guy who teaches a woman how to trace her heart line on her palm.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:30 am

Lady Justice statue in Bangladesh is removed after Islamist objections

Hardline groups said sculpture of woman holding sword and scales outside supreme court was example of idol worship

A statue of Lady Justice has been removed from the supreme court building in the Bangladeshi capital after objections from Islamist groups.

The sculpture, by the local artist Mrinal Haque, was installed in front of the court in December, and depicts a woman in a sari clutching a sword and scales, similar to the traditional depiction of the Greek goddess Themis.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:28 am

'Will I ever get justice?': Nepal accused of failing trafficking survivors

Rights groups claim no one has received compensation since law entitling survivors of human trafficking was introduced a decade ago

Rights groups in Nepal say they do not know of a single survivor of human trafficking who has received compensation under a law introduced a decade ago.

An act that came into force in 2007 guarantees compensation for trafficking victims (pdf), but only after the perpetrator has been convicted, a caveat that has left survivors facing years of traumatic court proceedings and threats from their traffickers.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:19 am

West Ham sign Pablo Zabaleta after defender’s release by Manchester City

• Full-back signs two-year deal with east London club
• Álvaro Arbeloa, Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore all exit

West Ham have signed the former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentina full-back will join the London club on a two-year deal from 1 July, when his contract with City expires having been released at the Etihad Stadium.

“This is an absolute pleasure to be part of West Ham,” Zabaleta told West Ham TV. “I hope I can give you good moments. Of course, I come to the club to enjoy myself and hopefully we can have a very successful time.”

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:15 am

How can we build confidence and trust? By scrutinising ourselves

The Guardian’s global readers’ editor on why authentic self-regulation helps both readers and journalists

In this time of flux, journalism’s contribution to democratic society seems more necessary than at any period I can recall – and more pressured. My career has recently passed the 40-year mark, and I have never felt so energised.

Work that helps ensure the quality of journalism feels especially worthwhile. A readers’ editor — or any media self-regulator — strives to contribute, mostly indirectly, to the overall quality of an organisation’s output. The remit is more detailed and the reality more complicated, but that is the main aim.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:09 am

Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire police settle legal fight

Singer remains in dispute with BBC but settles with force in fight over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender

Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire police have settled a legal fight that started when the singer sued the force and the BBC after reports named him as a suspected sex offender, a high court judge has been told.

Lawyers told Mr Justice Mann at a hearing in London on Friday that Richard and bosses at the force had come to terms.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 2:01 am

Student sentenced to 15 years for planting bomb on London tube

Damon Smith, 20, who has autism, had claimed he left bomb on busy London Jubilee line train as a prank

A student with autism has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for planting a homemade bomb on a London underground train during morning rush hour.

Damon Smith, 20, constructed the rucksack bomb according to instructions in an online magazine linked to al-Qaida. Filled with ball-bearing shrapnel and using a £2 clock from Tesco as an improvised timer, the devise did not go off.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:55 am

How the era of wealthy English superclubs has devalued the Double | Paul Wilson

It used to be seen as domestic football’s Everest but the modern domination of a handful of clubs has made winning the Premier League and FA Cup a much less remarkable feat

Antonio Conte is on the verge of winning the Double in his first season in England. That sounds a remarkable feat and actually it will be as Chelsea will have disposed of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in the FA Cup should they be found running round Wembley with the trophy on Saturday evening, though there can be little doubt the Double is a somewhat devalued currency these days.

Related: It was Arsenal’s day in 2002 – but it has mostly been Chelsea’s ever since | Amy Lawrence

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:43 am

Gabriel García Márquez webchat with biographer Gerald Martin – your questions answered

The acclaimed writer – to whom Gabo himself referred inquiries about his life – joined us to share his expertise

Well everyone, time for me to sign off.

Many thanks for the questions--it was fun to read them and I hope at least some of the answers told you something you wanted to know.

shoogledoogle raises a number of issues:

Where does Márquez fit amidst European and South American literary traditions, what has influenced him, and does he sit more within the works of Cervantes, or his Spanish American peers?

Is there (and can there be, given scant written material from those times) a pre-Columbian element to his works and the Spanish American authors in general?

You and I will discuss these questions when we meet on Olympus. But I'm glad you mentioned Borges, whose fingerprints can be seen all over OHYS even though they were in diametrically opposite political and cultural worlds

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:30 am

The Philippines in flames: citizens flee as Isis flag flies over Marawi – in pictures

The Philippine government has declared an Islamic State ‘invasion’ after an Isis flag was hoisted over the southern city of Marawi. The army, which is embroiled in a deadly battle with Muslim extremists, claims foreign fighters are among rebels who have held the city since Tuesday, when troops raided the hideout of a notorious militant leader. With the city overtaken by violence that has claimed the lives of at least 46 people and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on the island of Mindanao, citizens are fleeing en masse

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:01 am

Elif Batuman interview: ‘I thought racism and sexism were over. I was in for a rude awakening’

The journalist-author on fictional truth, fake news and setting a coming-of-age novel in the ‘end of history’ mid-1990s

In 1995 Elif Batuman started her first year at Harvard; she was in love with fiction and determined to become a writer. The child of immigrants from Turkey, she had a first name that was unfamiliar in New Jersey, where she grew up, and which had to be constantly spelled out and explained. She has said since that its four letters suggest a fitting joke about writerly aspiration: if the initial desire in a novel is to capture all of life, what is actually produced is just another set of words, a file.

When we meet, Batuman laughingly tells me that “even when I was very small, my mother treated me like a great novelist. She was like: ‘Oh, I’m sitting at the breakfast table with Flaubert,’ and would say, if she burned some food, or was late arriving: ‘Don’t put this in your novel!’” Such confidence turned out to be justified: Batuman’s The Possessed, a comic foray into the academic world of Russian literature, was a bestselling “bibliomemoir” before such books became fashionable. She is a much admired New Yorker staff writer, who enriches her reporting with dry humour and self-revelation (her therapy, her unhappiness in love). And she has now produced her first novel, The Idiot, centred on Selin, a Turkish-American woman, who, in 1995, begins her first year at Harvard; she is in love with fiction and already determined to become a writer …

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:00 am

Where The Light Gets In, Stockport: ‘The most exciting food I’ve eaten in years’ – restaurant review | Marina O’Loughlin

Not so much new Nordic as new northern, this is a procession of brilliance

Let’s get it out of the way from the get-go: Where The Light Gets In serves the most exciting food I’ve had in years. And it’s not in London, Copenhagen or Portland, Oregon; it’s in Stockport. Never have I trudged so dutifully to a destination only to exit at the other end quite so starey-eyed and evangelical.

Stockport: seriously? Before high horses are clambered upon, chef/owner Sam Buckley is equally wry about the location. It is, simply, not where you’d expect this kind of firecracker creativity in £65-a-head, tasting-menu-only format. Stockport boasts restaurants called Elvis’ Kitchen (“three-course luxury meal cooked by the ELVIS chef”, which, if I’m honest, appeals hugely). And the town centre is not, well, edifying. But here, around the old market building, there’s a pleasing, brick-lined moodiness, the air scented with malt from the Robinsons brewery. Finding this former coffee warehouse proves tricky: we teeter down vertiginous Rostron Brow (“famous for its 19th-century alehouses of ill repute”) more than once before we find the entrance. So far, so Lowry. Inside, it’s a different matter, not so much open kitchen as a vast, lustworthy actual kitchen with Ercol tables dotted around. It’s the ultimate, wood-burning-stove-heated loft pad with rooftop views.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:00 am

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Herons in flight, an inquisitive marmot and a blue whale are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:00 am

Experience: I made peace with my daughter’s killer

This is not about forgiveness. What happened cannot be changed; this is our way of dealing with it

My daughter Renske met her boyfriend Samarie on the train. She was heading from the Netherlands to Switzerland; he was an asylum seeker from Benin. They got chatting and exchanged phone numbers. That was how it started. They had a good relationship. He was attentive and they were very respectful towards each other. They spent holidays with me and my wife Lieuwkje.

Just before midnight on 13 April 2011, I saw on the news that a girl had been killed in Baflo, where Renske lived. About an hour later, they showed a picture of the scene, and I recognised her flat. I called the police and said, “I think my daughter is the victim of the incident in Baflo.” At 5am, two officers came to the house and we learned what had happened.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 1:00 am

How England paid the penalty again for an attack of the sporting yips | Richard Williams

When the Under-17s lost a final they had all but won with a couple of misses from 12 yards it again underlined that English football’s version of the yips needs a long-overdue cure

The yips can take more than one form. Usually we think of the phenomenon in terms of an individual submitting to a technical meltdown: a golfer seizing up at the sight of a six-inch putt, a tennis player suddenly incapable of tossing the ball up for a serve accurately, or a bowler losing the ability to land the ball anywhere near the cut strip.

Jon Lester is one of the stranger variations. A recent issue of Sports Illustrated carried a long and absorbing feature on the 33-year-old left-handed pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, who mysteriously lost the ability several years ago to throw the ball to first base. Facing a batter, he was as effective as ever. Turn him 90 degrees left, and he was like a man trying to find a target while blindfolded.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:49 am

Chateau Murdoch: Fox media mogul finds solace at his Bel-Air winery

His views on climate change may differ from his winemaker’s at Moraga estate, but Murdoch appears bitten by viticulture bug

Rupert Murdoch’s empire is under a cloud – turmoil at Fox News over sexual harassment allegations, threats to the Sky takeover deal – but he has found solace in a small, sunlit corner of his domain: the vineyard he calls home.

The 3.2-hectare (8-acre) property resembles rural Tuscany but nestles amid the mega-mansions of Bel-Air, the plutocratic neighbourhood in the Santa Monica mountains just west of Los Angeles. Here, amid steeps slopes lined with vines, the 86-year-old media mogul has discovered a passion for making wine.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:48 am

Footballer and model seek legal humanist wedding

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane and model Laura Lacole argue they are being denied same rights as religious couples

A footballer and a model are mounting a court challenge to have their upcoming humanist wedding recognised as legal, arguing that they are being denied the rights given to religious couples.

Laura Lacole is marrying the Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O’Kane in Northern Ireland next month. The couple, both humanists, want a ceremony that reflects their beliefs, but the only legal options available to them are a religious or civil service.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:38 am

Pepperland review – Mark Morris's Lonely Hearts Club dancers are a dream

Royal Court, Liverpool
Using a bold new score from Ethan Iverson, the choreographer has created a gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute to the classic Beatles album

With Mark Morris it always starts with the music. His new work Pepperland has been created for the celebratory Sgt Pepper at 50 festival, but Morris has done nothing so simple as choreograph the Beatles’ album itself. Instead, he’s commissioned a new score from composer Ethan Iverson, featuring six boldly idiosyncratic reinventions of the original songs. A Day in the Life comes with haunting piano and theremin; a wonderfully arthritic version of When I’m Sixty-Four has its vaudeville rhythms creakily jangled and out of key.

Related: The Beatles: Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Edition review – peace, love and rock star ennui

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:31 am

Ruby Wax: ‘The kids didn’t know I had depression until they were older. My husband covered for me’

The comedian talks about her mother’s obsessive compulsive disorder, her own depression and marrying her husband for his family

I was born and raised in Evanston, outside Chicago. My dad, Edward Wachs, and my mum, Bertha, fled Austria in 1938. My family were Jewish but they never practised, so it’s not something I really identify with. My dad ran a catering company so we ate a lot of different kinds of hot dogs. We lived on a lake and if you saw it you’d think, “Oh my God, it’s so beautiful!” It was this American Pie happiness but something wasn’t right.

My mother had obsessive compulsive disorder, although I didn’t know it was called that then. Everything had to be incredibly clean and she went around with sponges in both hands, constantly wiping up. I had girlfriends whose mothers would fill their refrigerators full of food but ours only had mayonnaise and my dad’s cigars. My mother would often get hysterical and there was lots of screaming, but rather than deal with it, my father would just turn the opera up on the radio.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:30 am

Children don’t listen to adults – and that’s just as it should be

Parents should be living examples of the qualities they want their children to adopt – so show, don’t tell

A new Harvard University study suggests that rather than sex education comprising a single, awkward lesson, it should form part of a continuing conversation. Emotional education is very much part of this – the report comes with a series of talking points for parents to discuss with their children, ranging from what romantic love is and what it feels like, to lessons they have learned from their own relationships, to ethical quandaries such as what makes a relationship exploitative. These subjects, says the report, should become part of an “ongoing dialogue”.

Ah, the “ongoing dialogue” (OD). What a cherished myth we have of the OD with our children – about anything at all, let alone about sex and relationship education. There are three major things that stand in the way of the OD. First, most children will suspect that most of the stuff that comes out of their parents’ mouth is tarnished, or at least outdated information about the way things were when they were children. Second, as parents are in a position of power, the powerless are likely to reject their opinions as inherently oppressive. Third, children aren’t that well-versed in dialogue – and neither are adults.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:30 am

Tell it to the judge: why American Idol needs no-nonsense Katy Perry

If anyone can turn the US reality show’s fortunes around, it’s a proper pop star who rides 16ft-tall golden lions

Traditionally, signing up to be a judge on a talent show is a dead giveaway that a pop star has lost their shine. A squeaky leatherette seat on a reality-show panel is the halfway point between “actually selling records” and “auditioning for these shows as a contestant”; for evidence, see Mel B, Nicole Scherzinger and Dannii Minogue, Cheryl (all X Factor) or, across the Atlantic, Paula Abdul, J Lo, Mariah Carey (American Idol). Their post-reality output has been disappointing at best, embarrassing at worst. Only season 12’s Nicki Minaj has managed to escape with chart power and dignity still intact.

It came as a #blessed surprise last week, then, when Actual Pop Megastar Katy Perry was revealed to have signed up as a judge for the newly revived American Idol, the network paying her an alleged $25m, probably more money than it cost the channel to acquire the actual show. Dosh aside, it’s a weird move on her part: Perry is, after all, a stadium-filling artist who has played the Super Bowl. That puts her in the same league as Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, yet you don’t see them sitting behind a desk listening to 562 terrible versions of Kelly Clarkson songs.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:30 am

Stanley Greene obituary

Photojournalist who took acclaimed images in conflict and disaster zones

“I don’t like the word ‘photojournalism’. It’s been bastardised,” Stanley Greene told an interviewer in 2010. “I am comfortable with the idea of being a photographer, just being a photographer. I don’t want to be an artist; I want to be a photographer. That’s what I do.”

Greene, who has died aged 68 after being treated for cancer, was a charismatic photojournalist of the old school, dismissive of digital technology and committed to shooting on film both as an aesthetic and an ethical principle. “By shooting film, you are forced to really think about what you are photographing,” he said recently. “You have to have a dialogue between you and the subject.”

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:28 am

Labour poll rise suggests Manchester attack has not boosted Tories | Alan Travis

Poll with Conservatives five points ahead of Labour is first since bombing, but shows other factors such as manifestos are at play

The narrowing of the Conservative lead over Labour to five points in the first opinion poll since the Manchester suicide bombing on Monday punctures the widespread political assumption that the attack would improve the Tories’ standing.

The Times/YouGov poll putting the Conservatives on 43% and Labour on 38% was based on interviews conducted on Wednesday and Thursday, and included the period in which Theresa May declared a critical threat level and announced the deployment of nearly 1,000 troops on to the streets of Britain.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:25 am

Arsenal tiptoe into the Diego Zone: the ogre of Stamford Bridge awaits | Barney Ronay

If Wembley really is the end for Diego Costa after 57 goals, almost 400 fouls and a relentless concatenation of outrage, he could not have chosen better opponents

Arsenal fans riled by the Groundhog Day repetitions of the past few years have at least been treated to something more immediate before Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea. Faced with the prospect of another tangle with Diego Costa, Arsenal’s centre-backs have been cutting straight to the chase. Shkodran Mustafi is concussed. Laurent Koscielny has been sent off and banned. Gabriel got in there early with his injured knee. Entering the Diego Zone? They are way ahead of you.

Arsenal have generally seen the best and the worst of Costa during three seasons of mischief and fury in the Premier League, a centre-forward who does not so much play on the edge as appear at times to be completely unaware the edge exists in the first place. Even at full strength, successive Wenger-issue centre-halves have been bruised and bullied through a head-to-head record of three kidney-punching defeats and a single, ultimately fruitless, victory last September, the 3-0 win at the Emirates that acted as a spark for Chelsea’s title charge.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:21 am

Monaco’s Bernardo Silva joins Manchester City in £43.6m deal

• Midfielder becomes Pep Guardiola’s first summer signing at the Etihad
• Silva, 22, part of Monaco squad who reached Champions League semi-finals

Manchester City have signed Monaco’s Bernardo Silva in a £43.6m deal. The midfielder has agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League side to kickstart Pep Guardiola’s overhaul of a squad that finished last season without a trophy.

The Catalan was determined to move swiftly in the transfer market this summer after his team finished third in the Premier League and failed in their pursuit of the two domestic cups and the Champions League.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:01 am

What I wore this week: soft jackets | Jess Cartner-Morley

Functioning sleeves, a soft silhouette and definitely no shoulder pads... welcome to shoulder-robing without the drama

The big news this week is that I’ve finally cracked shoulder-robing. I don’t mean I’ve mastered how to do it (still struggling with how not to crick my neck, drop the jacket in a puddle, or both), but I’ve figured out what it means. Shoulder-robing is to the serious jacket what a rolled sleeve is to the crisp, white shirt. It is power dressing for an age obsessed with soft power.

And we really, really are obsessed with soft power. This is a relatively new phenomenon, and a shift that permeates everything. It is why first ladies are 21st-century megastars – the role itself is the quintessence of soft power. It is why we are less interested in what Taylor Swift wears on stage than what she wears at the airport. It is why it is more alpha to be wearing leggings and trainers at noon on a Saturday than it is high heels. It is why the middle name you give your baby is more of a status symbol than the make of your car these days.

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:00 am

The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic

The French comic artist Emma illustrates the concept of the ‘mental load’. When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things, he is viewing her as the manager of their household chores

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Posted on 27 May 2017 | 12:00 am

Best photos of the day: Sydney illuminated and the G7 summit

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Sydney’s Vivid lights festival and G7 leaders in Sicily

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:59 pm

Anthony Horowitz's claim he was told not to write black characters sparks row

Other writers have reacted with scepticism to the Alex Rider author’s claim that he was discouraged from ‘artificial and possibly patronising’ writing

A furore has broken out in the children’s books world around claims by Alex Rider creator Anthony Horowitz that he was “warned off” creating a black character in one of his novels.

Authors including Ben Aaronovitch and Patrice Lawrence have reacted with scepticism to the claim, as writers of colour accused the bestselling author and screenwriter of diverting attention away from the lack of diversity in print and among novelists.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:53 pm

Why do some young people become jihadis? Psychiatry offers answers | Kamran Ahmed

Muslims growing up in western countries have to juggle competing cultural influences. This process may hold the key to defeating radicalisation

As the dust settles on the traumatising attack in Manchester, we are left grieving and searching for an explanation for this senseless violence. Some will have you believe that Islam is at fault since verses of the Qur’an legitimise such violence, while their opponents point out that the ideology fuelling these acts of terror is a twisted perversion of the religion. The fact remains that there are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, the overwhelming majority of whom abhor Isis and the evil it represents. So what is driving a handful of extremists to commit horrific acts of mass murder in the name of Islam?

Western foreign policy has often been cited as an important driver, but there are countless law-abiding British citizens of all faiths who disagree with recent foreign policy who do not feel compelled to wreak bloody havoc on account of it.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:41 pm

Sports quiz of the week: Manchester United, FA Cup final and F1's Monaco GP

Who lost in Lisbon? Who has won the double? And why is it the America’s Cup?

Who scored the goals when Chelsea last met Arsenal in an FA Cup final?

Didier Drogba and Ramires

Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg

Theo Walcott, Juan Mata and Frank Lampard

Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira

Celtic played 3,420 minutes of football in the Scottish Premiership this season without losing a game. For how many of those minutes were they trailing?

44 minutes

110 minutes

242 minutes

303 minutes

Manchester United's victory in the Europa League final ended a three-year run of Spanish clubs winning both the Champions League and the Europa League. Before United, who were the last team not from Spain to win one of the two major European trophies?


Bayern Munich



The FIA insists that every Grand Prix is at least 305km in length. How long is the Monaco Grand Prix?





Fifty years ago this week, Celtic became the first British team to win the European Cup. Which team did they beat in the final?

Sporting Lisbon


Real Madrid


How did the America's Cup get its name?

The race only takes part on the American continents

It is named after the yacht "America", which won the first race in 1851

The race was established by the American tourist board to attract new settlers

The Cup was renamed to honour Abraham Lincoln after his assassination in 1865

Which of these league champions had the biggest average attendance at their ground this season?





VfB Stuttgart

Manchester United became the second English to club win all three major European trophies (Uefa Cup/Europa League, Champions League/European Cup and Cup Winners' Cup) on Wednesday night. Who were the first?

Tottenham Hotspur


Nottingham Forest


Chelsea will secure the second league and FA Cup double in their history if they beat Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday. Seven English clubs have won the double: Manchester United, Arsenal, Preston North End, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and …

Aston Villa


Sheffield Wednesday

Manchester City

Why have Eintracht Frankfurt ended Guillermo Varela's loan spell and sent him back to Manchester United?

He arrived at training in a new Mercedes even though Eintracht Frankfurt are sponsored by BMW

He was caught playing Angry Birds on the bench during a match

He called in sick to work and went to Stockholm to watch the Europa League final

He went against the club's medical advice and got a tattoo, which became infected and ruled him out of their German Cup final

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:16 pm

Negativity bias: why conservatives are more swayed by threats than liberals

We all tend to give more weight to negative messages than positive. Recent research reveals that this psychological bias is much stronger in conservatives than liberals

(Preface: all of the research reported in this post has been done with American voters and not those in the UK, where equivalent research is lagging. While there may be some interesting correlates, conservatives in the UK differ in important ways from conservatives in the US.)

Believing what we are told is critical to our development as a species. It allows us to accumulate knowledge and build on it rather than having to learn slowly through trial-and-error or evolutionary selection.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:15 pm

Exeter Chiefs ready for fairytale finish against Wasps in Premiership final | Robert Kitson

Victory at Twickenham would cap a remarkable rise and bring the south-west its first major national championship

The list of famous Devonians, from Scott of the Antarctic and Sir Walter Raleigh to Agatha Christie and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, is an eclectic one. Until now heroic athletes – apart from sailors and Argyle footballers – have been in shorter supply. Not since the Tavistock-born Sir Francis Drake played bowls on Plymouth Hoe before defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588 have there been many more evocative local sporting yarns than Exeter Chiefs’ buccaneering ride to Twickenham.

It is seven years this week that Exeter made it out of the Championship to the Premiership; there remains a decent Hollywood movie in their ascent from the old tumbledown County Ground to the top of the domestic game. One more push and for the first time in the history of England’s leading professional team sports – whether it be cricket’s county championship, Premier League football or elite rugby – a team from the south-west peninsula will be national champions.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:11 pm

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka fired by his father’s struggle for freedom

Swiss midfielder’s combative reputation has overshadowed his passing qualities which will be on display in the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley

Granit Xhaka’s father, Ragip, heard the knock at his front door. The year was 1986, the setting Kosovo – then an autonomous province in Yugoslavia – and he was about to live an ordeal most people could barely comprehend.

When Xhaka Sr opened up, he came face to face with police officers. They arrested him and he was taken to jail, where he would spend the next three and a half years. He shared a cell with four other men and he would be let out once each day – for 10 minutes.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:11 pm

'They kill defenceless people': thousands flee Philippine city of Marawi

Three-day battle between army and Isis-linked Maute insurgents for city on island of Mindanao has left at least 46 dead

The CCTV monitor was showing a live feed of gunmen in the hospital lobby. From the safety of another floor, Jan Yamit, a 23-year-old health worker, watched in horror as the militants shot a police officer and then a security guard before storming into the building.

Related: The Philippines in flames: citizens flee as Isis flag flies over Marawi – in pictures

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:03 pm

What I learnt from following Delia’s How to Cook | The Delia project

As Stephen’s year-long mission to cook his way through Delia Smith’s How to Cook draws to a close, her lessons have finally taken hold – and the result is a more confident cook

Delia and I are seeing other people these days, but like all important relationships, I’ve changed, for the good, and hopefully forever. Apart from the changes to my figure, which I hope to have reversed by the autumn.

The biggest change is in bread. I am, now, both very aware of the taste of preservatives in supermarket-bought bread and its absence from my life, as my breakfast is ruined once every fortnight or so by the discovery that the bread has gone from fresh to blue seemingly in just 24 hours.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:00 pm

Hokusai’s Kohada Koheiji: the age-old pastime of telling ghost stories

This work from 1833, in which a murdered actor rises from the dead to spook his wife and her lover, shows there is more to the artist than his iconic wave

The murdered actor Kohada Koheiji looks like a zombie in Hokusai’s spooky print. He’s imagined as a skeleton with skin and hair still clinging to his skull. Though pictured as flesh and bone, however, this is a vision of a spectre, from the series One Hundred Ghost Tales.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 11:00 pm

Watch the evolution of TV in under two minutes

From John Logie Baird’s ‘televiser’ to the arrival of streaming services, what we watch and how we watch it continues to change at a lightning rate. Take a look at how TV has evolved over the years.

Find the TV you love

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:51 pm

Trump 'complained to Belgian PM of difficulty setting up golf resorts in EU'

US president said his view of Europe was based on experiences trying to do business, according to account of Brussels meeting

Donald Trump offered an insight into his approach to political life during his 30 hours in Belgium while munching “lots of” Belgian chocolates, it has been reported.

Le Soir, a Belgian daily newspaper, reported that the US president acclaimed the chocolates, which were a gift from the Belgian government, during a meeting with the country’s prime minister, Charles Michel.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:35 pm

The Trial: extraordinary TV – and a shocking insight into juries and prejudice

It was billed as an unprecedented look inside the jury room. But what emerged was a harrowing expose of men’s – and women’s – attitudes to domestic violence

The Trial: A Murder in the Family, which concluded on Thursday, was billed as an unprecedented insight into the British justice system. But over the course of five consecutive nights on Channel 4, it emerged as something even more extraordinary and complex, revealing an honest and frequently harrowing picture of attitudes towards domestic violence.

Director Nick Holt made the outstanding documentary The Murder Trial in 2013, which followed a real case of a man on trial for murdering his wife through the Scottish High Court, right down to the verdict. But he wanted to go even further, and show how a jury comes to a decision. Alongside co-director Kath Mattock, a case was invented, with remarkable attention to authenticity, and put through the judicial process, with a real judge, real barristers, real court staff, and 12 jurors treating it as if the man accused of murdering his wife had really been accused of the crime.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:35 pm

The perils of pregnancy in a country where abortion is a crime - in pictures

In El Salvador, one of six countries where abortion is banned under any circumstances, women have been told to avoid pregnancy due to the Zika virus. With support from the International Women’s Media Foundation, photographer Nadia Shira Cohen captures their stories in her series Yo no di a Luz

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:33 pm

‘Pembrokeshire is magically out of sync with modern times’

Tim Rees, founder of the Unearthed Festival, on his otherworldly, free-spirited home county

Something about Pembrokeshire’s location gives it an otherworldly edge. It’s out on the peninsula, the end of the land surrounded by sea, and sometimes as the mist comes in, it feels as though we’re in some primordial soup – neither water nor land.

I was born on a farm here in Cerbid, a fourth generation of farmers. Although I’ve lived around the world, my heart’s always been firmly in Pembrokeshire. I came back in 2010 and have been living here in a yurt ever since.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:22 pm

Former Greek PM Lucas Papademos wounded in letter bomb blast

Suspicions fall on homegrown guerrilla group after attack on ex-prime minister as he was being driven home in Athens

Greek security officials are scrutinising courier and postal services after a letter bomb attack on Thursday that left former prime minister Lucas Papademos in hospital.

Papademos, who underwent surgery after sustaining injuries to his leg, stomach and chest, opened the envelope as he was being driven home in Athens. Two Bank of Greece employees were also wounded.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:13 pm

In the Fade review – ninja heroine Diane Kruger marooned in feeble revenge drama

Fatih Akin’s drama about a woman whose husband is killed in a terrorist bomb attack is an uncompelling and evasive treatment of a very contemporary subject

Fatih Akin’s mediocre revenge drama In the Fade is the TV movie of the week: feebly uncontentious and un-contemporary.

It is about a white German woman whose Turkish husband is killed, along with their young son, by a terrorist bomb-blast. When the bullshit criminal justice system fails to convict the swaggeringly unrepentant culprits, this woman completes the half-finished samurai tattoo she has on her side, and resolves to take matters into her own hands; her late husband’s extended family and community having apparently fallen silent on the subject of legal or illegal means of redress. They are written out of the story, leaving the field clear for the blonde avenger.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:06 pm

Men’s fashion microtrend: espadrilles

You feel as if you’re wearing a pair of lovingly mashed up brown paper bags that could disintegrate without warning

Ah, espadrilles. They’re the Blanche DuBois of summer shoes. Beautiful, but a bit flimsy to wear outside of a St Tropez dream sequence from Ab Fab. Walk around in them and you feel as if you’re wearing a pair of lovingly mashed up brown paper bags that could disintegrate without warning. Still, if you want a piece of summer footwear that’s purely decorative, and your half-mules look as if they need to be put down, you could do worse than a pair of these. Very “disgraced billionaire tycoon, evading tax on his last remaining yacht”, if that’s the look you’re after.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Stop running from the truth: Justin Trudeau is playing us with his PR stunts

Canadian and global media fawn over what appear to be candid images of the prime minister, a social media savant one journalist described as ‘the political equivalent of a YouTube puppy video’

He’s tackled quantum physics, photobombed a beach wedding, posed shirtless for selfies with a family hiking in the woods and, most recently, jogged past a group of Canadian teenagers heading to prom.

And each time, Justin Trudeau’s actions have earned lavish attention from media outlets in Canada and around the world.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:00 pm

Spring Reign review – rough and ready account of the Syrian conflict

Albany, London
Inspired by testimony from refugees, aid workers and journalists, Rob Johnston’s drama homes in on the streets of Aleppo

It took thousands of years to build Aleppo and only a few to destroy it, as Bashar al-Assad turned on his own people. Inspired by testimony from Syrian refugees, aid workers and journalists, this rough and ready evening, written by Rob Johnston, focuses on the period between 2012 and 2013 when the city was besieged.

In a small flat, Salah (Marlon Solomon) and Aisha (Rhîan McLean) are struggling to survive, but they stretch out the hand of hospitality to their friends Mark and Claire. Mark is a photojournalist struggling to get his work published by news outlets who don’t want to run pictures of dead children. Claire is an English teacher who has stayed too long in the city hoping for news of her blogger fiance, Rashid, who was arrested months ago.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:26 pm

Rural water access: why should countries follow Paraguay’s lead?

With more than 94% of the rural population accessing safe water, nations across Latin America and beyond can learn from Paraguay’s phenomenal success

In the small community of Juan Augusto Saldívar, about an hour outside of Paraguay’s capital, Julian Marecos is president of the local water board. He volunteers with four others to supervise the community’s water service, which was founded in 1993 and supplies more than 3,800 users, including the school, health centre, church, and other people in neighbouring areas.

Related: How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides?

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:24 pm

Before His Dark Materials: Philip Pullman's new novel – exclusive extract

In an extract from his forthcoming novel, The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman returns to the magical world of Northern Lights

Eleven-year-old Malcolm lives with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford, across the river Thames from Godstow Priory, where the nuns are looking after a special guest. One night his father comes to Malcolm’s bedroom.

“Malcolm, you en’t in bed yet—good. Come downstairs for a minute. There’s a gentleman wants a word with you.”

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:03 pm

French Open 2017 women’s form guide: the players to watch at Roland Garros

What to expect from the favourites and dark horses in the women’s singles at Roland Garros – with Serena Williams absent and top contenders nursing injuries the tournament looks wide open
• French Open 2017 men’s form guide

1) Angelique Kerber

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:00 pm

An app that checks criminal records won’t make dating safer | Nichi Hodgson

Gatsby suggests users will be more secure thanks to its background checks – but this dangerously misunderstands the nature of sexual violence

If you could ask a potential date any question, what would it be? “Finding out if they had a criminal record,” ran a troubled discussion on Netmums recently, a cry reiterated by Katie Price on Loose Women this week. Now, there’s an app for that: Gatsby, a salve for dating worries that runs criminal record and sex offender register checks on its members every month “to create the safest platform available”, claims CEO Joseph Penora.

Related: From Raya to Tinder Select: the world of elite dating apps

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:00 pm

Revealed: Sergey Brin's secret plans to build the world's biggest aircraft

Google co-founder is building airship designed to be able to deliver supplies and food on humanitarian missions to remote locations, sources said

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a hi-tech airship in Silicon Valley destined to be the largest aircraft in the world, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the project.

“It’s going to be massive on a grand scale,” said one, adding that the airship is likely to be nearly 200 meters long. This would make it by far the world’s largest aircraft today, albeit smaller than the epic Hindenburg Zeppelins of the 1930s, or the American navy airship USS Macon that was once based in the very same hangars where Brin’s aircraft is now taking shape.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:00 pm

Christian Pulisic: 'It was scary – you’re not thinking about football that night or the next day'

After a season in which his team’s bus was targeted in a bomb attack the US international is now looking forward to the German Cup final and thinks he could not have found a club better prepared to make the most of his talent

“It hit me on the night, right after the game – you’re there in that stadium and you think ‘Wow, yeah, I really just did that’.” Christian Pulisic is talking about the evening in early December when he started a Champions League game at the Bernabeu. He had already shown he could handle Real Madrid: 10 weeks previously he had replaced Ousmane Dembele late in the home fixture and created an equaliser for Andre Schürrle. Playing at the European champions’ home, gazed down upon by those steep stands that suck in the night sky, was something different again. The experience lasted an hour but crystalised everything Pulisic had achieved in a lifetime.

There has been little time for extensive reflection since. Pulisic comes into Signal Iduna Park on his day off, a Tuesday, for this interview and that is not the kind of luxury his first full season as a professional has often afforded. “It’s been tough with those English Weeks,” he admits, using the term deployed knowingly in Germany for the kind of weekend-midweek-weekend slog more familiar to their European neighbours. His comfort with local football idioms has been mirrored on the pitch: Pulisic has appeared in 42 of Dortmund’s 50 matches this season, a record only three of his team-mates can improve upon, and it is no accident that Thomas Tuchel has put such faith in a player who does not turn 19 until September.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 9:00 pm

John Boyega webchat – post your questions now

The Star Wars actor is now on stage in Woyzeck, and will answer your questions in a live webchat from 1pm BST on Tuesday 30 May – post them in the comments below

John Boyega instantly gained iconic status when, gasping and sweaty in a teaser trailer, he became the first thing anyone saw of the latest series of Star Wars films. It was a long way from his childhood in Peckham, south-east London, where he joined theatre school thanks to a hardship fund.

He is now back on the London stage in Jack Thorne’s new version of Georg Büchner’s fragmented play Woyzeck. On screen, he appears in the adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle, with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, as well as in Kathryn Bigelow’s new movie, Detroit. He has also started his own production company, co-producing and starring in the forthcoming blockbuster sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:58 pm

Talking Horses: Best Friday bets for Goodwood, Haydock Park and more

The Grand Visir, a son of Frankel, is a prospect worth following at Goodwood while Whitkirk could offer the most attractive bet of the day at Pontefract

The Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood no longer has much relevance as a Classic trial even in a normal year, and this year’s odd calendar, with most major meetings a week late but Epsom’s Classic meeting still opening on the first weekend in June, means that it falls only eight days before the Derby.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:30 pm

Judy Chicago, Canaletto and Marc Quinn: this week’s best UK exhibitions

The renowned feminist artist celebrates 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s, Venice is brought to life and a collection of macabre Georgian sculptures take over Sir John Soane’s Museum

David Octavius Hill was already well established as a Scottish painter when he met the chemist Robert Adamson in Edinburgh in 1843. Adamson had started experimenting with the new science of photography and he and Hill started using the camera to make serious portraits. They started with Edinburgh dignitaries but soon went on to photograph the fishing community of Newhaven. Their haunting images are the first masterpieces of social reportage.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 27 May to 1 October

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:30 pm

Knowing the Score by David Papineau review – sport meets philosophy

When rules don’t matter and the importance of genes are among the subjects of this anecdote-rich study by a sports-mad philosopher

David Papineau is an eminent philosopher and a passionate lover of sport. For much of his life, he has kept the two spheres separate, fearing that to mix them would produce a double diminishment: philosophy robbed of its seriousness and sport of its excitement. Then, in 2012, a colleague invited him to contribute to a lecture series titled “Philosophy and Sport”, organised to coincide with that year’s Olympics. “I couldn’t really refuse,” Papineau recalls. “I had an extensive knowledge of both philosophy and sport. If I wasn’t going to say yes, who would?”

For his topic, he chose the role of conscious thought in fast-reaction sports, such as tennis, cricket and baseball. How, he wondered, does Rafael Nadal use anything other than “automatic reflexes” in the half-second (or less) he has to return Roger Federer’s serve? How does he choose to hit the ball this way or that, to apply topspin or slice? Thinking about this not only proved “great fun”, but allowed Papineau to come away with a series of “substantial philosophical conclusions” about the relationship between intentions and action.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:01 pm

Baywatch on TV was soapy, surfy and silly. But the new film is just soggy | Rebecca Nicholson

The TV series was a product of the 90s, billing itself just as easy entertainment with essential slo-mo shots. Remaking it now has drowned its charm

Like 21 Jump Street and Charlie’s Angels before it, Baywatch has been ripped from the small screen graveyard and given a big-budget, big screen makeover. Now, instead of David Hasselhoff wrestling alligators and saving surprisingly unbuoyant women from the ocean, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has stepped into the flip-flops of Mitch Buchannon. Zac Efron is a new addition, a cocky Olympic medallist sent to give the lifeguards a PR makeover. The reviews have not been kind. “Even emptier than its source material,” wrote the AV Club, in a particularly scathing takedown.

Related: Baywatch review – alpha-male chest-off is not worth the Hasselhoff

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:59 pm

The 10 most influential driving games – in pictures

From retro racers Night Driver, Pole Position and Out Run to 3D titles Daytona USA, Ridge Racer and Gran Turismo, these games share top spot on the podium

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:00 pm

The best culottes for all ages – in pictures

From Katharine Hepburn to Coco Chanel, wide-leg trousers signify a kind of no-messing elegance – and culottes are the summer take to wear right now

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:00 pm

Vaguebooking? Subtweeting? Supertweeting? Why can't we just say what we mean online?

Many neologisms have been coined to make sense of the sideways ways that we communicate on social media – but the tactics are as old as time

What’s the difference between vaguebooking and a humblebrag? Is “supertweeting” really a thing? Why can’t we just say what we mean on social media?

On Wednesday the communications director of the Republican senator Orrin Hatch tweeted an unremarkable photo of Hatch speaking to reporters. It being literally part of his job, the tweet might have passed without comment if not for the caption:

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:10 pm

This will hurt: a history of dentistry – in pictures

From gnashers made of hippo ivory to cutting pliers and herbal anaesthetics, Richard Barnett’s The Smile Stealers offers a fascinating – and frequently shocking – history of dentistry

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Zara and H&M back in-store recycling to tackle throwaway culture

Schemes aim to tackle fashion’s huge waste problem but critics say they are a token gesture and could encourage ‘guilt free’ consumption

When you walk into a high-street shop, you’re probably looking to snap up a bargain, not get rid of an old jumper. But clothing retailers and brands are increasingly asking shoppers to dump their cast-offs in store.

Britain alone is expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring, the majority of which could have been re-worn, reused or recycled. Major retailers are coming under pressure to tackle the waste.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

'Why is she here?': the Nigerian herder’s daughter who became UN deputy chief

Mother of six Amina Mohammed rose from a humble upbringing in the Lake Chad region to become a government minister and the UN’s second in command

In a Twitter aside during his election campaign, Donald Trump dismissed the UN as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time”. For Amina Mohammed, the organisation’s new deputy secretary general, it is anything but.

Attempting to meet some of the world’s most intractable crises and developmental challenges head on is what drives the focused Mohammed, for whom battling against the odds has been a lifelong theme.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Revolutions, self-help and the election – podcasts of the week

From past revolutions to current events, Rowan Slaney brings you three podcasts to try this week. Don’t forget to subscribe

Hear here is here, your favourite podcast-loving weekly column. I have received an unholy number of emails in the past week, full of recommendations. I can barely contain myself, I have such an exciting week of listening ahead of me.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Trump hails 'great win in Montana' for candidate who body-slammed Guardian reporter

Greg Gianforte has won a special election for Montana’s sole seat in the House of Representatives, just one day after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for “body-slamming” a Guardian reporter.

Related: Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 5:36 pm

Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’

The former president addresses the greatest challenges facing the world, and what we can do about them

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state, Alaska, we’re seeing rapidly eroding shorelines, and glaciers receding at a pace unseen in modern times.

Over my eight years in office, we dramatically increased our generation of clean energy, we acted to curtail our use of dirty energy, and we invested in energy efficiency across the board. At the 2015 climate change summit in Paris, we helped lead the world to the first significant global agreement for a low-carbon future.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

The Red Turtle: a moving meditation on our relationship with the natural world

Fairytales and myths are the inspiration for Michael Dudok de Wit’s first feature film, a magical tale of a castaway, made in collaboration with the renowned Studio Ghibli

The legendary Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli knows a thing or two about talent. Co-founded by the great auteur Hayao Miyazaki, the company is the home of classic films such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro and the Tale of the Princess Kaguya. But until the gorgeous Oscar-nominated feature The Red Turtle by Michael Dudok de Wit, Ghibli had never worked with a non-Japanese director.

It is not hard to see why Dutch animator Dudok de Wit caught the attention of a company that cherishes the traditional techniques of 2D, hand-drawn animation over the flashy computer-generated techniques favoured by many other animation studios. The Red Turtle is a work of profound simplicity and exquisite beauty. Although the film’s animation style is quite different to much of the Ghibli output, its themes – a deeply spiritual examination of nature, magic and mystery – chime perfectly with the company’s ethos.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 10:58 am

Lil Yachty: Teenage Emotions review – idiotic, startling and brilliant outsider rap


If you are a hip-hop fan who considers a rapper’s talent as directly proportional to the size of his or her vocabulary, and for whom the phrase “back in the day” is always accompanied by a wistful sigh, prepare for your worst nightmare in zeitgeist-surfing 19-year-old Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty. There are certainly some idiotic moments on his 21-song debut LP. On one chorus, he just says “Harley” over and over again, while, on Better, presumably floundering for a word that rhymes with “whatever” and “clever”, he shoehorns in the name Trevor. His mum will be charmed by the song dedicated to her, less so by him telling a female house guest, on DM Freestyle, that “there’s piss all in the bathroom, bitch go clean it up”.

There is a fundamental misunderstanding of woodwind instrumentation when he says another young lady can “blow that dick like a cello”. There are precious few punchlines and still fewer original images – just a zoetrope of sex, money and Xanax.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:30 am

Cannes 2017 day nine: Robert Pattinson and Lindsay Lohan on the red carpet – in pictures

Tonight’s big film was the crime comedy Good Time starring Pattinson, along with a special screening of the new series of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:21 am

Oscar De La Hoya: boxing may not recover from a McGregor-Mayweather fight

Few people see the proposed Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight as anything other than a money-making sideshow. But just in case anyone is on the fence, Mayweather’s former rival in the ring, Oscar De La Hoya, has written an open letter attacking the putative bout as a “farce” that will hurt boxing.

“To my fellow boxing fans, I write in the hopes that together we can protect the sport of boxing,” De La Hoya, who is now a promoter, wrote. “With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future. As undercard fights start to take form, athletic commissions give their blessings in exchange for millions of dollars, and the fighters start counting even more cash, one group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur – we, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport ... Our sport might not ever recover.”

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 8:03 am

Readers recommend: share your songs about welcoming

Make your nomination in the comments and a reader will pick the best eligible tracks for a playlist next week – you have until Monday 29 May

Readers recommend said hello a couple of weeks ago, but our next guru wants to go a bit further than salutations in welcoming nominations. For more on the theme, keep an eye on the comments below.

You have until 11pm on Monday 29 May to post your nomination and make your justification.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 7:00 am

True colours: impressions of the Chelsea flower show – in pictures

Photographer Sarah Lee takes a free and abstract brief and concentrates her candid eye on the people, the colour and the tone of the horticultural spectacular, showing the RHS show isn’t just about flowers

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 2:55 am

A century of Balenciaga: the 10 defining moments – in pictures

The V&A’s latest fashion exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, captures the fashion house’s influential style. Here are the stand-out moments from each of its 10 decades

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 2:01 am

Looking back at your – and our – Premier League pre-season predictions

When asked which club would win the league, our readers cast more votes for Manchester United, City and Liverpool than the eventual champions

Chelsea went into the season with a bunch of title winners who had something to prove, a new midfielder who had been instrumental for the previous champions, and a manager who had won three titles in a row at his last club. But, when asked who would win the title, more of you picked Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Chelsea won just a handful of votes more than Arsenal. And Tottenham only secured 6.4% of the vote.

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 1:32 am

Best photos of the day: violin playing protester and dragon boat races

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including protestors playing violins and dragon races in China

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Posted on 26 May 2017 | 12:06 am

Urban memories: cities in the 1970s – readers' photos

Our readers around the world shared their old photographs of cities in the 70s, from Nairobi to Berlin. Contribute to our growing archive of urban change here

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Posted on 25 May 2017 | 11:01 pm

Readers recommend playlist: songs of earth, soil and dirt

A reader gets his hands dirty to sift through your selections for a playlist featuring everything from Mississippi blues to Australian psych-rock

Here is this week’s playlist of songs picked by a reader from your suggestions, after last week’s callout. Read more about how our weekly Readers recommend series works at the end of the piece.

My grandma used to say: “You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.” Charley Patton, who starts us off this week, sounds as if he’s doing just that as he hollers and moans through Down the Dirt Road Blues. This scratchy delta blues number has a wonderful, homespun sound. Patton was quite the performer, playing guitar with his teeth and behind his head like an old-time, acoustic Jimi Hendrix.

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Posted on 25 May 2017 | 11:00 pm

Lisbon Lions remembered: Celtic's historic victory, 50 years on – in pictures

On 25 May 1967 Celtic’s 2-1 win over Internazionale at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon meant they became the first British side, and still the only Scottish team, to win the European Cup. We cast our eyes back 50 years to look at the celebrations of a legendary victory

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Posted on 25 May 2017 | 9:57 pm

'One of nature’s true gentlemen': your Roger Moore stories

Guardian readers share their stories of meeting the legendary James Bond actor, who has died at the age of 89

In the summer of 1982 a man asked if I was a Sikh and if I wore a turban. He had phoned to book a disco as I ran a mobile disco with my brother, so I wondered what my religion had to do with things. He told me he was from Eon Studios, the company behind the James Bond film franchise.

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Posted on 25 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

'Working nights, I end up in a strange limbo': readers on jobs that affect sleep | Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo

A study suggests security guards are among those who get the least sleep. We asked you how your work affects your ability to relax, and your health

According to a study by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, bakers and postal workers in the country don’t get as much sleep as university lecturers and journalists. We asked readers for their experiences on how their jobs affect their body clock. Some names have been changed to protect identities.

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Posted on 25 May 2017 | 4:12 am

If you're aged 16-24, share your thoughts on the reaction to the Manchester terror attack

We’d like to understand how you feel about the reaction to terror attacks – on social media, the media and elsewhere

Britain’s official terror threat level has been raised to critical, and troops have been deployed on the streets, after the country experienced its most deadly attack in a decade.

Related: Manchester bombing: more victims named as threat level is raised to critical – live news

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Posted on 24 May 2017 | 10:42 pm

Have you been affected by the Manchester terror attack?

If you’ve been affected by the terror attack at Manchester Arena, you can share your experiences with us

At least 22 people, including children as young as eight, were killed and 59 injured in a suicide bombing after pop singer Ariana Grande had performed at the city’s arena, the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade.

Related: Manchester Arena: children among 22 dead in suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert – latest updates

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Posted on 23 May 2017 | 7:27 pm

Trump diehards stay loyal in Montana's 'white man's country' – video

Trump’s presidency may be in crisis. But Paul Lewis finds the president’s supporters in Montana are not wavering. Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, a millionaire tech entrepreneur, is latching onto Trump in the hope it will give him an edge over Democrat Rob Quist, a country musician and poet

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Posted on 23 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Will coal seam gas save Narrabri, or destroy it? – video

In the first of a series of videos on critical issues confronting regional Australia, Gabrielle Chan investigates the proposed Narrabri gas project in New South Wales. The oil and gas company Santos proposes 850 wells in the Pilliga and some locals see the opportunity for jobs. But others warn of the potential damage to the land and water supply. Now it’s up the NSW government to decide

In Narrabri, everyone has a stake in the farming v mining fight

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Posted on 23 May 2017 | 8:17 am

The story of the 2016-17 Premier League season – video

Chelsea may have dominated the 2016-17 Premier League season but there have been plenty of dramas elsewhere. It’s been a tough year for managers up and down the table, for both new and old alike; we’ve seen new heroes emerge and the once lauded become villains. Just another Premier League, enjoy our review of all the antics.

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Posted on 22 May 2017 | 8:57 pm

CV and cover letter clinic: ask the experts

If you need help perfecting your CV and cover letter, join our live chat on Wednesday 24 May from 1pm to 2.30pm BST

You may put hours or days of toil into your CV and cover letter, but when they land in a recruiter’s inbox, the recruiter is likely to spend mere seconds looking at them before they decide to hit reply or delete.

In a highly competitive job market, in which the majority of hires are made internally, it is more vital than ever that your CV and cover letter stand out from the crowd. But knowing what your recruiter is looking for, and communicating why you’re the best candidate for the job is no easy task.

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Posted on 21 May 2017 | 9:00 pm

Brendan Cox: 'I want to change the UK's narrative of division' – video

Brendan Cox, the widow of Jo Cox MP, tells Owen Jones about a weekend of events to mark the anniversary of his wife’s murder. Cox says more than 100,000 events have been organised for The Great Get Together

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Posted on 21 May 2017 | 6:00 pm

Julian Assange’s legal standoff explained – video

With the news that Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Guardian looks back at his rise to prominence, his years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy, why he ended up there, and how the story has developed during his voluntary incarceration

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Posted on 20 May 2017 | 3:24 am

'We are not represented': why is this election so white? - video

In the third part of their election roadtrip, John Harris and John Domokos spend time in Birmingham and Walsall - the kind of urban, multiracial communities that the politics of Brexit has suddenly pushed to the sidelines. They find Theresa May’s hardline immigration stance and cuts to English language classes sparking anger and frustration, but also find Labour supporters attracted by her ‘strong and stable’ pitch for their votes

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Posted on 18 May 2017 | 8:05 pm

What election question would you like answered?

Have you a question about the UK general election that you would like Guardian journalists to answer? Share them with us

The UK will go to the polls on 8 June to decide the next government. Over the next few weeks political parties will be trying to win over voters by promoting their own policies and trying to rubbish their opponents.

As with every election, there’s a huge amount of coverage – from every perspective – and sometimes it can be difficult to find answers to your questions. So for the next few weeks leading up to the election, there’s an opportunity to do just that.

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Posted on 17 May 2017 | 2:39 am

The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian's sport coverage

With the best of our sports journalism from the past seven days and a heads-up on the weekend’s action, you won’t miss a thing

Let our team of editors be your guide to the best of the Guardian’s award-winning sport coverage from the past week. We’ll email you the stand-out features and interviews, insightful analysis and highlights from the archive, plus films, podcasts, galleries and more – all arriving in your inbox at 12pm every Friday. And we’ll tee you up for the weekend and let you know our live coverage plans so you won’t miss a thing.

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Posted on 15 May 2017 | 11:00 pm

Have teens and parents finally called a musical truce?

Playing music to your parents was once about staking out territory and drawing up battle lines, says Pete Paphides. But now, as kids cherry-pick history’s jukebox and parents suspend cynicism about new artists’ potential, peace has been given a chance

I remember the first time I played a song within earshot of my parents with a specific view to shocking them – it was a videotape of the Jesus and Mary Chain playing Never Understand on The Old Grey Whistle Test. In opting to not merely play the record, I was clearly hoping the visual element would elicit the maximum amount of outrage. Perhaps I hoped to carve out the sort of generation gap moment I had read so many of my favourite pop stars describe when they talked about Bowie doing Starman on Top Of The Pops.

Related: How to make a Spotify playlist the whole family will love

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Posted on 10 May 2017 | 3:24 am

Share your photos on the theme of solidarity

Guardian picture editors would like to see images from amateur photographers and share feedback in a new series aiming to showcase the best of your work

For this week’s topical photography project our picture editors would like you to share photographs that illustrate solidarity.

Perhaps you recently attended your first protest or march, or captured a moment which made your feel a sense of unity. We’re interested in images that are literal or conceptual, so if you want to interpret this project creatively, we’re open to that.

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Posted on 10 May 2017 | 2:30 am

'I seized redundancy – now my office is a field of flowers'

Jan Waters turned her passion for growing British flowers into a thriving business – which is why she loves spring, when her blooms burst into life

Despite hailing from a long line of amateur and professional gardeners, the bug didn’t hit me until my 30s. I was working for the BBC at the time and had an allotment dedicated to vegetables. I’d thrown down some cornflower seeds, and one day ended up cycling home with an entire crop of gorgeous stems overflowing from two panniers and a backpack.

Related: How to 'spring clean' your life and improve your frame of mind

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Posted on 4 May 2017 | 1:40 am